Kevin Shubert

Millard North senior Kevin Shubert won the Class A shot put with a throw of 62-3¾.

Kevin Shubert took one last glide in the ring.

The Millard North senior and future Nebraska thrower capped his high school career with a toss of 62-3 ¾ to win gold in the Class A shot put.

“It has been a long-time goal of mine to win the shot,” Shubert said. “Around this time last year I only threw 58 feet. This year (at state) my first throw was in the 60s, and getting a 62 out there and some other big throws, it kind of feels unreal.”

Shubert was the star of the ring.

Fans were clapping for history before each of his three allotted throws in the final. For a moment, it seemed as though Larry Station’s meet record of 62-11 ½ — set in 1982 — was in reach. But that wasn’t Shubert’s focus.

“That would have been nice,” he said. “But I was just trying to get a good mark, get 10 points for my team and hopefully get the all-class gold. That was my goal for the day.”

Choosing Nebraska was an easy decision for Shubert. He attended track and field camps at NU the past two years and spent three days a week for four months in the winter making the trek to Lincoln.

“I really like (Scott) Cappos (throws coach) and the strength coach they have there,” he said. “All of the facilities are amazing and all my family is in Nebraska so they can all come. It’s home and the best facilities I have ever seen.”

Shubert will switch his technique from a glide, or more linear movement in the ring, to a rotational, or spin style, at Nebraska.

“I worked (rotational) a little in the offseason, but today I just wanted to glide to finish it out,” he said.

After the win, the two-time gold medalist reflected on his high school career.

“I feel pretty accomplished, but it hasn’t really set in yet,” he said. “I feel like Monday I’m going to show up to school with my track bag and just kind of never do this again.”

Mike is a prep recruiting specialist for The World-Herald. Follow him on Twitter @MikeSautterOWH. Phone: 402-444-1335.

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