After having a successful season last year, senior thrower Josh Sobota and the rest of Bearden’s track team aims to send several athletes back to state this year.
Last year at state, Sobota – who will throw for Kentucky next year – set the state record in discus and will shoot to get two more state titles under his belt, another for discus and his first for shot put.
“I expect he will have another solid year,” Coach Patty Thewes said. “I’m thinking he’d probably like to repeat that (state record in discus), and maybe a state record in the shot put too.”
Not only does Coach Thewes believe in Sobota, but so does his teammate Nathaniel Blalock, a senior and distance runner.
“I asked Josh Sobota what he expects out of this season; he replied, ‘A whole lotta dubs,’ so that is what I would expect,” Blalock said. “Josh is an extremely talented, competitive individual. When he sets his mind to something, he is relentless.”
After competing in indoor events and training for the outdoor season, even Sobota himself is confident in himself this season and overall feels less pressure as he has competed at state before.
“I’ve been training in the weight room, and indoor season just ended with track so I’ve been training with shot put,” he said. “I feel like it [competing at state] makes it a bit less stressful just because most of the meets this season the stakes aren’t as high, but I’m always pushing myself to do as well as I can no matter the condition.”
Sobota not only expects himself to do well, but he also hopes to see the team do well as a whole and is excited to see what they have in store for this season.
“As a team, I hope that we will win a lot of meets,” Sobota said.
Blalock shares this belief with Sobota and hopes to see the team do well this season as well as do well himself, but also said the loss of Josh’s brother Jacob Sobota affects the team. Jacob is now a decathlete at Duke.
“With the loss of Jacob Sobota, the odds of a Bearden state championship aren’t as good as last year,” Blalock said. “We definitely still have a bunch of talented athletes, but decathletes really are the most valuable contributors for potentially state championship teams.”
Coach Thewes is also optimistic about the new decathletes coming in to the program. She said the team has five freshmen who will compete in the decathlon.
“It’s a building year, but it’ll be exciting to see who steps it up this season to shine, and what the future holds for this new group,” Coach Thewes said.
Bearden’s track team has its second meet of the season Thursday at Halls.