Caison excels quickly in shot put

After finishing eighth in the Group 3A state shot put competition last year, Warren County junior Quay Caison is aiming to be just as strong in the discus for the Wildcats. He'll throw in both events again this year. Rich Cooley/Daily

FRONT ROYAL — Quay Caison has proven to be a quick learner.

The Warren County junior didn’t go out for track until last year. It didn’t take much time for him to excel at the shot put, as he earned all-state honors last season.

“I didn’t really have a good feel for it when I came in,” Caison said. “As I learned and progressed, and with the help of [Warren County throws] coach [Adam] Orndorff, I learned and did pretty well at it.”

Caison said he wanted to try a new sport, so the football standout, with the urging of Orndorff, gave it a try and has loved it ever since.

Orndorff said that he knew Caison would do well because of his athleticism and size. Caison stands 6 feet and weighs around 300 pounds.

“He’s very athletic. He’s not just a big, strong kid,” Orndorff said. “He doesn’t just stand there and heave the shot put. He uses the glide technique and really gets his hips around.”

Orndorff said that Caison struggled a little bit early on as he learned the techniques.

Throughout last season, Caison kept working at it until he became better and better.

“When we first started throwing I don’t think he was throwing over 30, 32 feet — something like that,” Orndorff said. “Then to get to where he was — well into the 40s, almost 50 by the time he went to the sate tournament — I think it’s a testament to his work ethic and how hard he worked to get there.”

Caison said he enjoys the raw power of throwing the shot put, and he said throwing the shot put and discus has helped him as a football player.

He did well in the Region 3A East meet last year, finishing second in the shot put.

Caison said participating in the state meet was a real thrill. He finished eighth in the meet with a throw of 45-08.25.

“It was breathtaking, to tell you the truth,” Caison said of the state meet. “I didn’t expect to go as far as I did. I’m glad I did. It was amazing being able to go to states. It’s a great feeling.”

Caison said he also likes throwing the discus and would like to improve on that this season, as well continuing to improve in the shot put.

Orndorff said that he believes Caison can be strong in both.

“The shot put is really a lot of power. The discus is a lot more athletic ability,” Orndorff said. “Kids that are usually taller, more lanky are usually better at discus. Last year when we saw his potential in the shot put, we really kind of focused on that. This year we want to try to get them both, now that we know that he can throw and hopefully maybe get to that state tournament in both.”

One thing that really helps Caison is his love for the weight room. Caison said he tries to be in the weight room as much as possible to get stronger and stronger.

“I love lifting weights. It gives you that kind of power feeling,” Caison said. “You can do a lot, or almost anything, when you are be able to lift certain things.”

Last year’s track experience is sure to help Caison greatly this year.

If Caison continues to improve, he could be a real factor at the state meet this year.

“There were a lot of seniors in our 3A meet last year, so I really feel like he has the potential to compete this year for it,” Orndorff said. “He’s gotten stronger and he’s worked at it. The second year I really look for him to flourish at it.”

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