UPPER MARLBORO – When Seasons Usual saw Prince George’s County’s 38-year-old discus record, she knew she was going to break it. Not because the Frederick Douglass track and field athlete was cocky or arrogant, or simply because she believed in her abilities. No, it was because she had been breaking the record all season long. […]
UPPER MARLBORO – When Seasons Usual saw Prince George’s County’s 38-year-old discus record, she knew she was going to break it.
Not because the Frederick Douglass track and field athlete was cocky or arrogant, or simply because she believed in her abilities.
No, it was because she had been breaking the record all season long.
“By the third meet of the year I was throwing in the 130s,” Usual said. “I just kept going up from there.
“I knew going in that I was going to break it. Once I saw it, I was like, ‘oh yeah. This record is mine.’”
Usual, who came in with a seed of 140 feet after throwing that distance at the Penn Relays a few weeks before, threw 139-feet, four inches on her first throw at the Prince George’s County Outdoor Track and Field Championships on May 14. The toss obliterated the previous county record of 128 feet, seven inches set in 1978. She later threw what would become the new record, 143 feet, six-and-a-half inches, on her fifth throw of the event. The second-place finsher, Daiysa Burrell from Charles H. Flowers, was quite a ways behind at 123 feet, one inch.
“After the first throw, I just tried to focus on my form,” said the junior. “It got me fired up, but I had to stay patient and focus on my next throws. It (143-6 ½) kind of came out of no where. My coach told me to speed up my body so I did.
“When I threw it, I knew it had to be far. It was out there a ways. I didn’t expect it to be that far, but I was excited when they told me the distance. It is my new personal record and gives me something to shoot for from now on.”
Usual also placed first in the shot put with a hurl of 39 feet, four inches.
Usual then competed in the 2A South Regionals this past weekend. She walked away with two gold medals, winning the discus with a mark of 141 feet, six inches, along with the shot put (40 feet, one-and-a-half inches).
The next step for Usual is the MPSSAA state championships this weekend. And, as one could assume, Usual is confident she will bring home some more hardware.
“Regionals was an easy win,” Usual said. “I was trying to throw 150.”
“At states, I think I will win that too. I will do my best to set my personal record and go from there. I want to throw 160 but we will see what happens.”
The state discus record is 155 feet, 10 inches, set by Atholton’s (2A) Lindsay Grigoriev in 2003. Douglass also competes in the 2A class, so if Usual wants to set a state record, she will have to beat out the best mark of them all.