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April 16, 2013

ON THE SPOT: Hamsley looking to make history

Floyd senior may be state favorite in the discus

FLOYDS KNOBS — As a junior a year ago, Floyd Central’s Codie Hamsley beat everyone in the state in the discus except Carmel’s Langston Newton.

With Newton gone, Hamsley becomes the favorite to win his school’s first state championship since Ty Yeager won both hurdles events in 1993 and the first discus champion in school history.

While Hamsley figures to get competition from Lake Central junior Gelen Robinson (son of basketball star Glenn Robinson), among others, there’s no doubt Hamsley is within striking distance of becoming the Highlanders’ boys’ second track and field champion.

“He’s right up there, for sure,” Floyd coach Lane Oxley said. “[Robinson] is a very athletic kid who’s only been throwing [the discus] for a couple of years. And every year new kids come out, but if he keeps throwing like he has been, that puts him right in the hunt.”

Hamsley heaved the discus over 184 feet at last year’s state meet for his runner-up finish. At last Saturday’s Jeffersonville Inferno, the future Louisville Cardinal had an early-season throw of 188 feet.

“He already beat what he threw in the state meet last year,” Oxley said, “but you have to qualify [for state] then do it there.”

Oxley said Hamsley keeps improving because of his passion for the sport.

“He’s a very fierce competitor and a hard worker,” Oxley said. “He’s very driven.”

Last year, Hamsley showed his diversity by also running the 1,600 relay — and excelling at it. He helped the relay team qualify for the state meet. However, with the possibility of a state championship and a career at Louisville in his future, this season Hamsley has decided to put all of his time and effort in the discus and shot put, at which he also qualified for the regional a year ago.

“Last year, he stepped in and wound up being really good [in the 1,600 relay],” Oxley said. “He has great strength and athleticism.”

Hamsley recently spent some time with sports editor Greg Mengelt to discuss his future as part of the News and Tribune’s ‘On the Spot’ series.

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