Western Christian Ethan Fenchel has the top discus throw in Class 2A this spring.
HULL, Iowa (KTIV) -
Western Christian senior Ethan Fenchel is one of the top discus throwers in Iowa. He qualified for his first state tournament as a junior, but it was a setback at state that has this week's SportsFource Champion competing for a chance at redemption.
When Fenchel joined the Western Christian track team as a freshman, he looked nothing like the discus thrower he does today.
"As a freshman I'm guessing he was about 6-1, 150 pounds to 160 pounds," Western Christian track coach Travis Kooima said. "He was tall and skinny and now he's not tall and skinny anymore."
At 6'4" and 225 pounds, the senior isn't just a discus thrower. He holds the all-time mark at Western Christian at 183-feet, 8-inches and will compete at the University of South Dakota for track and field and also football.
"I can't tell you that was my goal when I was a freshman," said Fenchel. "I just wanted to get involved as a freshman."
Qualifying for the state tournament as a junior, Fenchel's title hopes were over before they even started. He scratched on all three of his preliminary throws and didn't advance to the finals. It's that set back that has been a motivational factor in his final year in the ring.
"When you go into the state meet the state meet with the furthest throw or second further throw last spring, he was anticipating to have a very good meet," Kooima added. "For him to not compete the way he knows he can, I think it was motivation for not only for discus throwing but to prove to everyone that he can go down there and do it."
This season Fenchel has the top throw in Class 2A with his school record toss, which he threw in early April.
"When I scratched last year, it was hard to live that down," added Fenchel. "But every day I got into the weight room, I got into the ring and kept working at it because I knew I didn't want to feel that feeling again."
Fenchel will compete at the Drake Relays on Thursday. He finished second in the discus last season.
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