Hannibal-LaGrange University Head Track and Field Coach Andy Lemons has made it a point to recruit this area and he has been wise to do so because he's not the only individual to find the local well rich with talent when it comes to running, jumping and throwing.
The roster at Columbia college is also bursting at the seams with familiar faces, but for Lemons he has to look a little closer and work a little harder to find that diamond in the rough he might have to refine a little more. Someone he and his staff might have to polish and smooth over because that individuals skill set might not be so obvious from the start, but with the proper coaching can be sanded down from a rough start into a final product so slick you'd never know how incredibly different they use to be.
One of those success story for the Trojans is North Callaway grad. Nick Douglas, who hails from Calwood originally and just completed his soph season. Highlights from last year for the incoming junior include a personal record Hammer Throw of 24.36m at the Darrel Gourley Open on April 16 at William Jewel to help the Trojans finish sixth.
The former T-Bird then upped that personal best several weeks later on April 30 in Greenville, Il., at the American Midwest Championships with a Hammer Throw of 28.91 to lead the Trojans to a second-place showing with a score of 140 according to hlgutrojans.com.
In his days as a prep athlete Douglas was rather decorated and his resume' included earning Academic All-State honors in football in addition to claiming All-Conference and All-District accolades while participating with the Quiz Bowl squad. Douglas also grabbed All-Conference recognition that year as a member of the Speech snd Debate Team, which led to his squad winning the Conference Championship.