Entering the outdoor track and field season, Shelton junior Ed Radzion couldn’t wait for the season to begin following his success in the shot put event in the indoor track and field season.
A standout defensive tackle on the football team, in the spring of 2016 Radzion was looking for something to do in the offseason to stay active and in shape. He decided to compete in his first outdoor track and field season, and with his size and strength, he focused on the shot put.
In the 2016 Southern Connecticut Conference outdoor meet, he ended up fifth in the shot put (42 feet, 2.75 inches). He was sixth in the shot put at the Class LL outdoor track and field meet (43-10.75).
After the 2016 football season he started preparing for the shot put in the indoor track and field season. Hard work, improving his technique and tweaking a few things to improve his speed, produced substantial results.
Radzion won the shot put at the SCC indoor track and field meet with a distance of 47 feet, 10 inches. He went on to win the shot put at the Class LL indoor meet (50-9) and won it in a indoor school record 50-10.5 at the State Open. His success at every state level resulted in being selected the Register All-Area boys indoor track most valuable player.
Enter the 2017 outdoor season.
“After my indoor success, I knew there would be a target on my back in the shot put in the outdoor season,” Radzion said. “I wasn’t going to surprise anyone now. The other guys would probably figure that they would have to beat me to win the event. But I didn’t let the pressure get to me.”
Radzion went on to duplicate his indoor success. He won the shot put at the SCC meet with a distance of 51-4, he won it at Class LL (49-11) and at the State Open (52-7.75). He took sixth place at the New England meet (51-11.5).
As a result, Radzion earned another MVP selection as the 2017 Register All-Area Boys Outdoor Track and Field MVP.
“The difference this year from last year is I’ve gotten faster,” Radzion said. “Coaches Scott Snell and Anthony Branca have both helped with my technique, working on my footwork and all the little things to get me to throw farther.”
Branca is the boys outdoor throwing coach and Snell the indoor boys and girls throwing coach.
“We focused on his technique and driving through the circle,” said Snell in a recent interview. “He used to open up too soon and now he gets his legs under him.”
The goal for Radzion as a senior is to break the outdoor school record in the shot put. Dan Mauro holds the record of 54-9 set in 1978. Radzion’s outdoor personal best at this point is 52-7.75.
“The shot put record hasn’t been broken in about 40 years and I’m only about two feet away,” Radzion said. “Breaking that record is my goal for next year.”