Weeks after the recent boys indoor track and field season ended, the postseason success of Shelton’s Ed Radzion still hasn’t sunk in.
After all, this was the junior’s first indoor season and he wasn’t sure what to expect competing in the shot put, his primary event.
When the season ended for Radzion, he ended up winning the shot put at every level in Connecticut’s track and field postseason. He won the shot put at the Southern Connecticut Conference meet, the CIAC Class LL meet and the CIAC State Open.
“It’s all still kind of a shock to me,” Radzion said. “In the postseason, I didn’t know what to expect. I wasn’t sure how well I would do or how high I could place in the meets.
“I worked hard and I was looking forward to the SCC meet. When I won the shot put in that meet, it was at that point I thought I could do something special for our team and for our school in Class LL and the State Open.”
Radzion won the shot put at the SCC meet with a distance of 47 feet, 10 inches. He went on to win the shot put at the Class LL meet (50-9) and won it in a school record 50-10.5 at the State Open.
For his effort, Radzion has been selected the Register Indoor Track and Field most valuable player.
“Coach Snell (Shelton field event coach Scott Snell) worked a lot with me to improve my technique coming into the postseason,” Radzion said. “He’s a big reason why I won the shot put at the meets.”
Snell, who also doubles as the Shelton girls coach, said strength has never been a problem for Radzion competing in the shot put.
“We focused on his technique and driving through the circle,” Snell said. “He used to open up too soon and now he gets his legs under him. We thought he would do well in the postseason but he took it a step further. Overall, it was a good season for Ed and for the Shelton boys and girls teams.”
Radzion agreed with Snell that his physical strength is one of his main assets in the shot put event.
“My literal strength is my strength,” Radzion said. “My quickness and speed with the shot is another strength. It all comes down to technique and it’s something I had to work at a lot.”
Before track and field, playing football was – and is – a focus for Radzion.
“I needed something to do in the (football) offseason to stay active and stay in shape,” said Radzion, a defensive tackle for the Gaels. “Before, it was just football. I was looking for something and coach Snell pushed me to do the shot put.
“The State Open was a good day for me, my family, my friends and coach Snell. Coach Snell was really happy that we won the shot put that day. I still haven’t decided on a college yet, but now I am hoping I can do both football and the shot put in college.”