WARRENSBURG — K.D. Young is already in some elite IHSA history. She broke the all-time record in the shot put at the state championships last season. She’s won a state championship in both the shot put and discus for three straight years.
“I really want to be able to take all eight titles,” Young said after winning the Shelbyville sectional title last week. “I think that would be awesome but I really focus more on what I’m throwing with my numbers, rather than titles.”
But the number of titles is hard not to focus on. Young is looking to become just the fourth girl in IHSA history to win four straight shot put titles and just the second to 4-peat in the discus.
“Titles will come if you improve,” Young said. “So that’s kind of what I think about more than getting myself under pressure for trying to win national things or just a state thing.”
Young signed her national letter of intent to attend South Carolina in the fall, picking the Gamecocks ahead of more than three dozen other Division One offers. She’s been at or near the top of the national rankings in her age group for years, making the state competitions look easy.
“It is really hard to compete at a level where you don’t see a lot of girls throw as far,” she said. “And it’s not a bad thing but at the same time, I try to stay in myself and doing what I can do to improve.”
And she’s hoping USC will help her do just that.
“I’m so excited for college to see where those girls are going to be at and what numbers I’m going to shoot for and escalate to and see how far I can carry this career.”
The three-day state meet gets underway Thursday morning on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.