Watson continues to improve for Central track
WOODSTOCK — Kila Watson has made steady progress in her high school track and field career.
The Central senior thrower has improved each season and has good reason to be optimistic as she heads into her final year at Central.
“She’s gotten better every year,” Central throws coach Mike Yew said. “There’s never been a point in her career where she went backwards. She’s always taking steps forward, steps forward, steps forward.”
If she can continue to take steps forward this season that would be a great sign for Watson and the Falcons.
Watson finished fourth in the discus last year, and sixth in the shot put in the Group 2A state meet.
She said that having been in the state meet as a sophomore, where she finished ninth in the discus, helped her to do even better last season.
“(As a sophomore) the environment was just really cool and to see the other athletes that are champions,” Watson said of the experience. “It was nice just to look up to them as a younger athlete. But then last year coming in as one of the older athletes, an upper classman, it was also really cool. …I just felt like I knew what I was doing and everything was finally working for me.”
Watson said when she first started out she was better at shot put, but she learned to love throwing the discus and it’s now her favorite event.
“I just like that it’s very flowy,” Watson said. “Everything is pretty strategic and everything has to come together.”
Last year things came together nicely for Watson in the discus as she set a school record with a throw of 117-02.
She said one of her goals this year is to break her own record in the discus.
Yes said a big key to her success in both the discus and shot put is her finish.
“Her finish is her best asset,” Yew said. “Her form is good. If her form would get better she would get even better, and she’ll tell you that. She’s not perfect getting through the circle or across the circle in the shot. But when she finishes her explosion with the shot and her whip finish with the discus is really good.”
Despite her sixth-place finish in the shot put at the state meet last year, Watson was only second on the team. Teammate Tycara Scott finished third in the shot put. Tycara’s sister, Tamra, had been the top shot put thrower until an Anterior Cruciate Ligament tear ended her season.
Watson said the three of them push each other to get better.
“We all go back and forth on whose going to lead that week, and its just fun to see,” Watson said. “We all just encourage each other, even though it’s a competition.”
Being a senior this year, Watson said she wants to give everything she has for the team.
“It’s exciting, but also overwhelming,” Watson said. “And I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has to offer us.”
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