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Athlete of the Week

KCChronicle/Preps Athlete of the Week: Kaneland track and field's Nate Dyer

Nate Dyer

Kaneland, Senior, Track and field

Why he was selected: Won 2A shot put at Saturday's Illinois Prep Top Times meet with a put of 56-8.75

Kaneland senior thrower Nate Dyer helped the Knights to a strong showing at Saturday's Illinois Prep Top Times indoor meet in Bloomington by winning the 2A shot put with a personal-record effort of 56 feet, 8.75 inches. Dyer, the Kane County Chronicle-St. Charles Bank & Trust Athlete of the Week, addressed the meet and more with Chronicle sports reporter Kevin Druley. Here's an edited transcript:

How did you maintain everything at Top Times being the top seed entering the meet?

Going into the meet, I was hoping to start out with some comfortable throws, and I ended up with a PR the first throw [55-7]. After that, I just basically relaxed because I knew I had nothing to lose. I ended up PRing two more times.

What has the spring break regimen been like thus far?

We had our first practice [Tuesday], and we'll practice again [Wednesday] and Thursday. We practice in the morning. ... I'm going to Wisconsin-LaCrosse on a day visit Friday. I might take an official visit within the next week, maybe. ... If the opportunity is brought up, I might consider football, but more than likely just track.

If you had to pick one teammate to help you with some difficult homework, who would it be and why?

That's kind of tough. There's a lot of smart kids on our team. If I had to go with someone, I could go with my thrower buddy, Shane Jorgensen. ... Usually, it all comes down to English or something, and I'd ask Gary Koehring.
 

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