ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Flambeau's Sam Welch wins AAU National title in shot put

By: Jenn Chapman Email
By: Jenn Chapman Email

"My goals for high school are going to be 70 feet in shot and 200 in disc," says Sam Welch.

A bold statement from a 14 year old, considering both those marks would best the current state records...but Flambeau's rising freshman Sam Welch could make it happen.

"I've never seen a thrower that far along at that age, especially around this area," says Sam's coach, Jason Lehman.

Sam recently won the AAU national title in shot with a throw of 59 feet, 7 inches.

"I felt a good sense of relief because I spent so much time working on it and then you go and someone else beats you and it's like 'you're so close' and then you finally get it, and it's like 'OK! I just won!"

Sam and his father Tim practice anywhere from 1-3 hours a few times a week. They also enlisted the help of 6time All-American and former NCAA champion, Jason Lehman

"He wants to be good, he wants to get better. That's what made him so coach-able for me. And fun to coach," says Lehman. "He has that drive and he wants to be better and he wants to throw and throw and throw. You kind of have to back him away sometimes you know because you can't throw that much."

It's the little things they've worked on together that have made the biggest difference.

'I changed one thing with my knee and I added 2 feet just like that," says Sam.

"We've really broken things down and took strides to make his technique better and that's the biggest thing," says Lehman. "A lot of people look at it as oh, you're just muscling it out there but there is a lot of technique that actually goes into these throws."

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