The East track and field coaches never did get around to hanging Astrid Same’s name on the school’s record board for breaking the record in the shot put.
On Friday at the City League meet she added her latest update: a heave of 45 feet, 3 inches to improve her personal-best throw by 13 inches.
It was the second-best mark in Kansas this season and moves Same, who won the Class 6A shot put title as a sophomore and finished third last year, to No. 23 all-time in Kansas history. Same is signed to throw for Florida International in college.
“I guess it’s a good thing we didn’t put it up yet,” East throwing coach Russ Wells said. “This is the third or fourth time she’s broken it this season.”
Same didn’t react at all when the mark was read off Friday because it took her by surprise. The rainy weather this week hadn’t allowed her to practice in full, so she wasn’t expecting a big throw — epsecially on her first throw of the day.
“I definitely surprised myself,” Same said. “I didn’t really know it was that good of a throw until I heard them say what it was. Then I got excited.”
Same finally cracked a smile when her mother, Friede, sprinted over to her daughter and nearly tackled her with a bear hug. She even got a congratulatory hug from Wells.
“That was pretty cool,” Astrid said. “I was still trying to keep it calm, cool, and collected because I still had five more throws to go. But it was pretty exciting.”
Wells said the key in unlocking Same’s 45-foot throw was the speed generated in the ring. She’s always had the fast twitch in her arm, so she has been focusing on sliding across the ring as fast as possible from her initial step.
“She was like lightning getting across the ring,” Wells said. “I could tell it was going to be a good throw, I just didn’t know it was going be quite that good.”
Same said signing to throw in college and trying to win another state championship have been her motivation this season.
Although there is more to achieve, Same was pleased with how she kicked off her postseason. Now she hopes to update that record board one last time.
“She’s been trending up every meet and it seems like the postseason brings out the best in her,” Wells said. “She’s coming on at the right time.”