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PREP TRACK: EGF senior's size makes him stand out in shot put and sprint events

Brock Scheving

No matter where Brock Scheving goes at a track meet, he seems to draw attention because of his size.

At 5 feet 11 inches in height (“I round that up a little bit,’’ he said) and 195 pounds, Scheving is on the small size for a shot putter. But he’s also on the large size for a sprinter. And yet, the senior at East Grand Forks Senior High will compete in both at the Minnesota Class A state track meet, which runs Friday and Saturday in St. Paul.

Scheving won the Section 8A title in the shot put with a throw of 50-5½. That’s good for the No. 6 seed at state; he’s one of only eight with seeded distances exceeding 49 feet. In addition, Scheving runs a leg on the Green Wave’s state-qualifying 4x100 relay team.

“It’s pretty rare to see that,’’ Senior High coach Kirk Misialek said. “A lot of kids might try the combination, looking for different events to compete in. But the quality Brock has shown in both, that’s pretty unusual.’’

Apparently opponents agree, based on the reactions Scheving receives.

“A lot of people are amazed when I throw close to 50 feet because of my size,’’ Scheving said. “I’ll get looks, and guys have said to me, ‘Wow, I would have never thought you could throw that far.’

“(On the track) one guy said to me before a race, ‘What are you guys doing, putting together a throwers’ relay.’ He was shocked I was running in a sprint relay with my size. I get that reaction from time to time.’’

Flinging it a priority

Scheving is a thrower first. He joined track as a freshman at the urging of older brother Beau Scheving. The senior followed in big brother’s footsteps and gravitated toward the throwing events. While Brock Scheving also won the discus at the 8A meet, the shot is where he’s excelled.

He had a personal record of 46 feet entering the season. He broke that by almost four feet in his first meet and has surpassed 50 feet in a few meets. Scheving said that track speed is an asset in the throwing ring.

“I have a lot more speed than most throwers,’’ Scheving said. “And the shot put is a lot about form. Mike (Hedlund, EGF’s throwing coach) is a great technique coach. He certainly knows how to teach it.

“If you’re smaller like me, you definitely need good form. And strength helps. I’ve spent a lot of time in the off-seasons lifting in the weight room.’’

That helped in the power area, both for track and for football. He’s signed to play the latter at Bemidji State, where Scheving is projected to be a linebacker. But the lifting also helped the speed — much to Scheving’s surprise.

He’d never run in a race until Misialek put him in a 4x200 relay early this season. “I told the coach I didn’t know if I could even run that far,’’ Scheving said. “I never thought too much about running. After that (first race), we negotiated and he offered me the 4x100 instead.’’

 Said Misialek: “We won that first relay he ran and I’m thinking, ‘Wow.’ I didn’t see any other kids who could run that fast on our team. In the section meet, we were in fourth or fifth place when he got the baton, and he passed a few kids to get us in good position.

“I don’t know of many kids that big who run that fast and compete that hard.’’

At state, Scheving’s primary goals are to set a personal record in the shot and to place, preferably higher than his seed. And Scheving knows he’ll hear some size talk.

“For throwers, I’m tiny,’’ he said. “I’ll probably be the smallest thrower down at state.’’

Eades leads EGF girls

Sophomore Erica Eades, who is no stranger to the state tournament experience, leads the Senior High girls state track entrants.

Eades returns to the 800 after repeating as the Section 8A champion. She also was a standout on the Wave’s girls hockey team that finished second at the state tournament.

Eades is seeded sixth after winning the 800 in the section meet with a time of 2:20.64. Kayla Huherkoch of Redwood Valley has the top seed with a 2:17.60 time.

“I think Erica will improve her time quite a bit at state,’’ Wave coach Liesa Hanson said. “She’s experienced state before. She knows what it’s all about. It’s such a big venue; it’s easy to get caught up in it all and be nervous.

“She’s after a PR. And there is lots of room to do well and move up.’’