Middle Park athlete builds shot put retrieval system
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Middle Park High School may not have as much funding coming into the athletic department as some of the larger schools on the Front Range. Let’s face it, athletics in this county revolve mostly around the snow, and with growing football and volleyball teams, the track and field team seems to be passed up all too often.
Noah Daniel is a senior this year at Middle Park and has been a member of the track team since his freshmen year, specializing in throwing events (shot put and discus). It was through Noah’s involvement in track that he decided to build a shot put retrieval system for his Gas Metal and Arc Welding class.
This idea came after Noah and other members of the Panther track team attended a prestigious meet at Longmont High School last year. The St. Vrain Invitational is a meet that plays host to over a thousand athletes, including a few pro athletes. This meet had its own shot put retrieval system and it is also where Noah decided that his metal project could be of benefit to the school.
He bought all the material himself and, along with some assistance from his shop teacher Steve Penrose and student D.J. Debevec, Noah was able to finish welding his project during the summer and install the contraption this fall. Devices such as the one he has crafted usually sell for $1,600 or more. The 40-foot retrieval system Noah built cost less than $200.
This system allows a person to throw the shot put multiple times without having to go retrieve the shot themselves or have someone run them back. Now they will be automatically delivered to the thrower once they are placed on the retriever by an assistant.
Middle Park High School Track Coach Christine Dubois-Miller could not have been more excited by Noah’s devotion to the track department.
“Noah took it upon himself to get the materials to make this retrieval system happen. It will not only benefit him during his senior track season, but will allow throwers to get in more repetitions,” she said.
Noah has dedicated the retrieval system to Middle Park’s athletic department so that it will be of use for generations to come.
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