MIDDLETON — Sugar-Salem High School junior Lacey Hamilton can’t decide whether she is a throwing runner or a running thrower.
To be clear, Hamilton competes in the shot put and discus for the Diggers, winning state runner-up medals in both events Friday.
Unlike other throwing competitors, however, Hamilton doesn’t prepare for competition in the throwing circle. To get her head together for competitions Friday, Hamilton took a full-speed sprint around the outside of the Middleton High School softball fence.
The peanut gallery of competitors were giving Hamilton a good-natured ribbing for her unorthodox warm-up routine. They branded her Forrest Gump — and she was runn-inng.
“It’s just a good way to get my ‘fast twitch’ muscles going,” Hamilton said. “But mostly it is to clear my head and tell myself I am ready to do what I’ve been practicing.”
Of course, that leads to the question of how Hamilton psyches herself up for a running event. With some pushups?
“Yeah I guess so,” she laughed. “Whatever it takes to prepare yourself mentally.”
Hamilton reached 113 feet, 2 inches in the discus and 36-5½ in the shot put, finishing second in both events to Filer senior Katie Hughes.
While waiting for their medals, Hughes and Hamilton talked about technique, boys and the nature of throwing that lends itself to excellence by seniors.
“Seniors have the most experience, and these two events are so technical, those extra few months and years of experience add up,” Hamilton said. “The seniors are often the strongest, the most technical and are the most prepared to go out and do what they do.”
With her work done and her 16 points in the books, Hamilton will return to Middleton today as a cheerleader, hoping to push her team to another 3A girls state championship.
And they will be “runn-inng.”
“I get to come out, hang out with my friends and cheer on my team,” she said. “It’s going to be great.”