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VIDEO: Colin Minor wins state shot put title

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By Michael Paul, Sports Editor

 GREENSBORO — South Brunswick senior Colin Minor successfully defended his North Carolina High School Athletic Association class 3A state championship in the shot put Friday, May 16, at N.C. A&T State University.

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Minor put the shot a personal-record 58 feet, 6 inches, winning the event by 3 feet.

The victory matches the two titles won by brother Ryan (2010 and 2011).

“I came in today,” Colin Minor said, “knowing that I had a lot of good competition here, a bunch of people who are the same level that I am, above the level that I am.

“I knew today had to be one of my best days in order to defend the championship I won last year. I had to really up my training, really prepare for this with high intensity because I knew all my competitors were as well.”

Minor’s second throw in the first flight proved to be the winning throw.

“I remember feeling very powerful, really fast, really explosive at the finish,” he said.  “I knew there were some things I could have done better on it. I was a little off to one side of the ring. Other than that, I was very happy with the throw. It felt really powerful, really explosive.”

In the final round, Minor had puts of 56-8.5 and 56-8. He fouled on his final put.

“It’s always difficult going into the finals knowing that any one of my competitors could beat me at any given time,” he said. “I was trying to better my throw with each throw that I had. It wasn’t happening for me. But it ended up being a good day for me.”

Minor fell 4 inches short brother Ryan’s 2010 championship throw of 58-10. The Class 3A record is 60-4.5, set in 1989 by Concord’s Rodney Edwards. The state record is 61-4.5, set in 1975 by Northern Durham’s Mike Salzano.

“The goal this whole year has been 60 feet,” Minor said. “It’s hard to balance a bunch of different throwing events at the same time. I’m still happy with my performance today with a personal record.”

Minor also competed in the discus throw and finished fourth (155-11). The winning throw was 169-6.

Minor will be busy in the summer with various competitions, so as he walked toward the awards podium he was focused on the future while reflecting on his prep career.

“It’s bittersweet, this meet being my last (high school) shot put competition against all these guys,” he said. “Hopefully, I’ll see a bunch of them when I compete in college at Dartmouth.”

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