In a practice session at Athletic Stadium on Wednesday, Osage senior Christian Williams launched his best shot put throw of the morning.   "That one right there would've won me a lot of meets," Williams said. If he can duplicate that again this weekend, he'll be standing on the Class 3 medalist podium with Missouri's best throwers. Williams is the lone Indian at state this year. He throws Friday in the discus and Saturday in the shot put. It's his first trip to state.


In a practice session at Athletic Stadium on Wednesday, Osage senior Christian Williams launched his best shot put throw of the morning. 

"That one right there would've won me a lot of meets," Williams said.

If he can duplicate that again this weekend, he'll be standing on the Class 3 medalist podium with Missouri's best throwers.

Williams is the lone Indian at state this year. He throws Friday in the discus and Saturday in the shot put. It's his first trip to state.

"I try not to think about it too much," Williams said. "I want to try to stay calm and prepared for when I get up there. I'm sure I'll feel different when I get up there in line with a bunch of other guys."

Williams considers himself to be a better discus thrower.

"I was a lot better at discus than I was at shot last year," Williams said. "I had no idea I'd be throwing shot like this."

The top eight finishers in all state events earn medals. Based on his competitors' throws at sectionals, Williams' best chance for a medal is likely in discus.

Williams' spinning technique in the shot put took some time to master, he said. Additionally, the linebacker for the Osage football team is typically smaller than his counterparts who are often linemen in the fall.

"For me, because I'm small, the shot put is harder," Williams said. "I'm small comparatively. A lot of the bigger guys, they just kick and throw them for days. My spin is the only reason I'm competing with them."

Williams shines in the discus with his agility and explosiveness. His football and wrestling pedigree gives him good footwork for both events.

At sectionals last Saturday, Williams threw 144'02" in the discus and 48'03" in the shot put.

Osage coach Drew Phillips said Williams has reached state through diligence and motivation.

"He's so darn competitive," Phillips said. "He's a great competitor and he doesn't get phased  by stuff."