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The 2011 spring track and field Foxes girls team has a unique mixture of talent emanating from every corner of the spectrum. Senior Shaquoy Morris, like everyone on her team, has her primary sights set on a District crown; however, in order to accomplish this feat among eight Battlefield teams, she must hold down her end of the athletic bargain by consistently throwing in the mid 30-foot range in the shot put event.
Given the fact that the graduating senior and impending Virginia Tech freshman already qualified for All-Region, both in winter and spring track over the last two years, and most recently leaped the hurdle of a personal best throw of 34’5.5” to take first place in the
Foxes’ last home meet, she does have a shot at a State qualification.
At first glance, most people who are keenly aware of the science of throwing the shot put from point A to point B may not truly understand the balance of human physics that make up the sport. Morris, a perfectionist at heart, took up the sport two years ago and was determined to reach within herself to be the best athlete possible. A result of attending University of Virginia Torque Track and Field Camp in Charlottsville over the summer of 2010 are longer and consistent throws.
Her personal throwing coach, Nick Agoris helped Morris understand the science behind torque and balance, while applying body movements to achieve distance with each throw.
“He broke down my whole form, which started giving me power,” Morris said. “He taught me the ‘squash the bug technique,’ which is even-spacing your shoulders. Before you whip around, you literally lift your foot, and stomp the ground, before you return and release.”
Throughout the winter indoor track and field season, Morris and her teammate Jessica Swenson, would finish in the top two during shot put competitions. Beyond their innate competitive nature, they still remain friends, on and off the field.
“She’s like my daughter; whereas, I help her out, and she fixes what I do wrong — and then I catch what she does,” Morris said.
In order for Morris and the rest of the girls track and field team to fulfill the goal of winning a second consecutive outdoor Battlefield Championship in a row, everyone must stay injury free. Reflecting on Morris and her ascension to prominence in local competition, girls head coach Rudy Pekarek said, “Every year she gets better, and for a girl to perform in the shot put event, you have to be strong, and quick on your feet — Shaquoy has proven that.”
Academically strong, Morris has already decided to major in biochemistry with minors in leadership corps cadets and music.
From her bubbling personality to her brute determination to dominate rival throwers, Morris is unquestionably a tough competitor.
If the Foxes win the Districts, they will be the only girls team, besides the girls swim team to win back-to-back championships. Now that Morris has carved out a track and field niche unique to her physical skills, the Foxes are that much closer to achieving another school milestone.