Nate Dyer registered a personal record shot put of 55 feet, 5 inches last weekend to help the Kaneland boys track and field team win the Northern Illinois Big 12 indoor meet at Sterling. The girls won their conference meet, as well, amplifying the excitement as the school braces for a banner spring. Dyer, a senior, will look to keep the vibe going at today’s unofficial indoor state competition, the Illinois Prep Top Times Meet at Illinois Wesleyan’s Shirk Center in Bloomington. Touching base with Kane County Chronicle sports reporter Kevin Druley for the latest edition of the Weekend Chit-chat, he offered his thoughts on the meet and his throwing techniques. Here’s an edited transcript:
How much is everyone still amped about sweeping conference?
Yeah, it was definitely an outstanding performance by both teams to beat the field. … But we’re kind of past that and focused for [today].
You’re ranked first in shot put [entering Prep Top Times]. How do you deal with that standing?
It puts a target on my back, for sure. I’ve just got to go in with confidence and know if I get my job done that a good result is going to come out.
What do you attribute to Saturday’s PR?
My coaches, of course, and just the hard work put in in the offseason and getting in and practicing every day. … My farthest throw as a freshman was 43-7, I want to say. I guess the biggest thing I’ve always had to work on because I have such a small stature compared to, you know, 90 percent of the throwers is I have to focus pretty much everything on my speed through the ring. That’s played a big part in all of it.
Did you learn that right off the bat?
As a freshman, I never expected that I was going to be the shot-putter. I always wanted to be a discus thrower, and you know, sophomore year came and I started throwing 50, and you know, realized that this is probably going to be my event for the next three years. … I haven’t really progressed too much [in the discus] with the injury stuff I’ve had [pulled pectoral muscle last season].
Obviously the wind can play to your advantage or disadvantage, but how comparable is throwing the shot indoors to say, a nice, sunny, 70-degree day?
I mean everybody says that throwing indoors is nothing compared to outdoor. Outdoor you’ll always get better. … I’ve always loved throwing the indoor shot, and usually if you carry over the years, I’ve always thrown better outdoor than I have indoor.
Have you thought about throwing beyond high school?
Yeah, I’m definitely going to throw at college. Where at college, I have not decided yet. A big school I’ve been looking at is Wisconsin-La Crosse. They’re probably one of my top schools, and then, you know, now that I’ve thrown 55, we’ll kind of see where that takes me in the next month.