AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Indoor Track and Field State Championships will take place this weekend in Akron. One senior at Austintown Fitch has earned his way by throwing his weight around. Logan Kusky will be the favorite this weekend, thanks to one big throw that grabbed national attention.
“I was ready, I was feeling like, I’m going to do really good soon. I was waiting for the big one,” Logan Kusky said.
Kusky saw it coming at the Spire Scholastic Showcase in Geneva. One of the biggest indoor events of his career, would be the perfect stage. Kusky’s first attempt in the Weight Throw went 74 feet, a new personal best. His second throw, 76 feet…more than enough to win the event.
Then came his third…
“It felt slow and smooth like I wasn’t trying to kill it or anything, a passive throw and then just hit the finish a little bit and it just went,” said Kusky.
It went 77 feet 4 and and a quarter inches… easily winning the competition, and shattering the school record at Austintown Fitch. The record was previously held by All-State thrower, and current Ohio State Lineman Billy Price.
“Initially it was just like shock,” Kusky explained. “I tried to keep calm for a little bit and I walked over to my coach and we just started jumping we were so excited. it was an exciting moment and I had a lot of things going through my head. I was thinking where am I ranked in the nation now, where am I ranked in the state? It was like whoa, this is crazy,” he said.
His questions would soon be answered. Kusky’s throw was the longest in the state of Ohio this year and currently ranks second in the nation! While that record breaking toss wowed the crowd, it did not surprise his father.
“He was pretty calm,” Kusky recalled. “I think he was expecting something like that. He knew I could do it, and he was just like I knew you could do this. He wasn’t like “oh my gosh” what did you just do? It was like you had this in you the whole time. It’s like, he’s a tough dude like that, but it’s good for me, keeps me working.”