By David Fong
TROY — Had her track and field career ended when she graduated from Troy High School this spring, Amanda Setser would have been satisfied.
But when the opportunity to throw the discus in college presented itself, Setser couldn’t say no.
“It’s amazing — it really wasn’t in my plan to throw in college,” said Setser, who recently signed her national letter of intent to attend school and throw the discus at Bluffton University. “It was not a deal-breaker for me to be able to throw when I was looking at schools. But when I went to Bluffton, I felt so welcome. It was like a family. And I do love throwing.”
Setser had a breakout season last year, topping the 90-foot mark for the first time in her career and placing fourth at the Greater Western Ohio Conference. It was then she started thinking about the possibility of throwing in college.
“Last year things really started coming along for me,” she said. “Before, I just did it to have fun and compete. Then after last year it started coming up when I would visit colleges.”
Troy coach Kurt Snyder said Setser will be a model student-athlete and teammate at Bluffton.
“She’s a kid who is very quiet — she just does everything you ask her to do. She’s focused only on the discus and each year she has really progressed. Her freshman year she was throwing maybe 80 feet. But she’s gotten better every year since then. At our last meet, Coach (Aaron) Gibbons changed one thing in her technique and she really caught on quick.
“She’s a kid who I expect to progress even more when she gets to college. Things are really going to click for her — and Bluffton is getting a great kid.”
Setser said she looks forward to being a part of the Beavers’ program.
“To me, it’s always been about the team,” she said. “I don’t care how much attention I get — I just want what’s best for the team. I’m looking forward to going there. I really liked it when I visited there. The coaches and everyone there all made me feel so welcome. I’m looking forward to going up there.”
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