KTTC TV -- Before the season began, Micah Hegerle's goal in the discus was 185 feet. Because of the success he's already had this season, the defending state champ has a new goal - breaking the state record.
"It's definitely a goal I can work for and think about when I'm training and lifting," Hegerle says.
The record of 201 feet 7 inches is held by former Century thrower Karl Erickson, now a star at the University of Minnesota. Hegerle is working with Erickson's former coach Dan Eickhoff, and even has the discus Erickson used to break the record.
"I come in at 6 o'clock every morning and lift and then do the training after school and do (plyometrics) and jump and stuff," Hegerle says. "It gets me tired, but it's worth it in the end."
There's no question that work has paid off for Hegerle. Although he hasn't reached the mark in competition yet, Hegerle says he's had a few practice throws around 200 feet.
But it's not like Hegerle hasn't done well in competitions. He hasn't lost in the discus since finishing second at the state meet as a sophomore. Last week at the invitation-only Hamline Elite Meet, Hegerle broke the meet record by about four feet with a throw of 179 feet 11 inches. He also finished fifth in the shot put, the first time he hasn't won that event this season.
"There's more coming," he says. "And hopefully I'll peak at the right time, at state time, so we'll see."
For the incredible season he's having his run at the state record in the discus, Kasson-Mantorville's Micah Hegerle is this week's KTTC NewsCenter Sports Athlete of the Week.