TROY — Troy High School senior Alan Sutherly has plenty of untapped potential.
And the son of the late Mike Sutherly and Amy Sutherly and Brian Himebaugh looks forward to fulfulling that potential at Wittenberg University.
Sutherly signed his letter of intent to to throw for the Wittenberger University Track and Field team in the Troy High School gymnasium last week.
“I do (feel like his best throwing in front of him),” Sutherly, who throws the shot put and discus for Troy, said. “I always wanted to compete in college and I really like the Wittenberg Sports Community.”
Sutherly has been a multi-sport athlete at Troy, running cross country in the fall as well as participating in track and field.
“That is a pretty unusual combination,” Troy track and field coach Deion Metz said. “That is pretty tough combination to run in the fall and throw in the spring.”
Metz said Sutherly has made steady progress in his four seasons in track and field.
“First, Alan has been behind a really heavy (loaded) shot put and discus room at Troy,” Metz said. “And he has worked hard and the hard work is showing this year.”
Metz sees Sutherly as having limitless potential.
“I really think the sky is the limit for him,” Metz said. “Once he gets to Wittenberg and just focuses on throwing, that is going to make a huge difference.”
Both with physical strength and technique.
“Getting strong can definitely help,” Metz said. “It is always going to help with the shot put. But, the strongest guys aren’t always the best throwers in the discus. So, it is a combination of both technique and strength. This is a great opportunity for Alan (Sutherly).”
To reach that untapped potential.