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Athlete of the week

Mitchell Christian's Chandler Nelson spent most of last summer working on his throwing technique.

"It consumed most of my summer and it has helped me improve," Nelson said.

The junior thrower broke two school records last week. At the Jaguar Invitational April 22, Nelson broke the school's discus record and Saturday at the Tom Main Invitational in Chester, he broke the school's shot put mark. His discus throw was 174 feet, 10 inches, while his record-setting shot put heave was 47-feet-2.5.

For his efforts, Nelson was named The Daily Republic's athlete of the week, an award voted on by the newspaper's sports staff.

"Chandler's worked hard on his technique and it's something he takes a lot of pride in," Mitchell Christian track and field coach Bob Lemon said. "Those extra things will hopefully give him the results he wants."

Nelson topped his own school records of 145-feet-2 in the discus and 44-feet-2 in the shot put. At the Jaguar Invitational, Nelson said he also set a meet record, topping Lake Andes' Cody Snyder's 166-foot mark. Snyder now throws for the University of South Dakota and qualified for the NCAA National Championships in the discus last year.

"I look up to him, so to beat his record was great," Nelson said.

Despite getting to the top of the record board for the Golden Eagles, Nelson isn't satisfied yet.

"There's always room for improvement," he said.

Last season, Nelson qualified for the state tournament in the discus and his goal is to get to the state tournament in both events this season.

Nelson and Mitchell Christian are back in action Thursday at the Erv Ptak Relays in Menno.

Brooke Cersosimo
Brooke Cersosimo is The Daily Republic's sports editor.