McCarty soars in throws for Sherando

Trent McCarty

STEPHENS CITY — Trent McCarty’s hard work is paying big dividends early in the track and field season.

The Sherando senior is off to his best start and has already done something he didn’t accomplish last year — qualify for the Group 4A state meet.

“I’m a lot more consistent,” McCarty said.

McCarty finished first at the Handley Invitational in the discus on Saturday with a throw of 143-02.50, which was more than 12 feet farther than anyone else in the meet. McCarty also placed fourth in the shot put with a throw of 43-08.

Despite his success, McCarty said he feels he could have done better, which helps give him motivation for the rest of the season.

“Definitely winning was great for me, because that was a first for that meet,” McCarty said. “Hopefully I can continue to improve and continue to win meets, obviously. I definitely think I did, overall, pretty well.”

His strong showing at the Handley Invitational helped McCarty earn the Northern Virginia Daily’s Male Athlete of the Week for April 6-12.

McCarty has also already qualified for the state meet, and his PR for the season came in Sherando’s first meet when he threw a 152-06 in the discus.

The senior, who transferred from James Wood after his sophomore year, said that his next big goal is to break the school record in the discus. His PR is just four feet, five inches off the top mark.

“That’s a really big goal, being that I’ve only been here for a year and a half,” McCarty said. “So that would be a huge thing for me to break the school record.”

In the offseason, McCarty said he attended a camp, which has really helped him this season in the discus. He said the coaching helped him move across the circle faster.

“They helped me out,” McCarty said. “They said I had a lot of power, but if I could incorporate speed into it I’d be a lot better. That definitely helped me get the extra distance I needed for this year.”

McCarty said he’s always preferred discus to shot put, but he has been working hard on improving in the shot put as well.

Sherando throws coach Tim Combs said that McCarty does a lot well with both the discus and shot put.

“His footwork is amazing,” Combs said. “He does a good job with everything. He does a good job with his hips. He does a good job with his release.”

Combs said he’s also very good about helping out his teammates and showing them the right way to do things.

McCarty, who is the nephew of track distance coach and Sherando cross country coach Jamie McCarty, said that he enjoys being a leader and helping others.

“I’ve always learned that no matter where your at, and no matter how successful you are, there’s someone looking up to you and you need to help those people below you,” McCarty said. “It’s definitely been a key part of what I do and it makes me want to keep doing it, because there’s someone watching me all the time wanting to do what I do, wanting to be as good as I am. Even though I’m not the greatest, I definitely have that personality that any little bit of help can help someone. It’s definitely a big part of what I do.”

McCarty also played football at Sherando, where he was a first-team All Conference 21 selection on the offensive line. He said playing football helps him for track a lot, including improving in the weight room and footwork.

“I learned a very key part of lifting and that was the kind of effort I was putting in, and I learned that there was a lot more potential I had out there that I could reach,” McCarty said. “There were a lot of things that I thought were out of reach for me that really weren’t.”

McCarty said he is hoping to reach all of his potential in track in his final season at Sherando. He said he just wants to keep improving with each day and each meet.

The Warriors finished sixth as a team in the boys meet Saturday, and McCarty said he thinks the team also has a lot of potential.

“We have our strong areas and we have our weak areas, but everybody definitely has room for improvement,” McCarty said. “You always want to be better. I definitely think that’s an idea that our team has — nobody’s satisfied with how good they are now they’re always pushing to get better.”

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com