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Lauren Smith -- Athlete of the Week


Lauren Smith of North Fayette High School is not your average athlete. She has been a force on the discus seen for the last few years and this season was no different as she was able to capture the 2A state title in both the shot put and discus throws.

"She's worked extremely hard in the off season, and to win a state championship in both the shot discus is not an accident." says head coach Ron Wymer.

But to get the full story you have to trace it back to her father where he was able to capture a discus championship of his on for Independence in 1972. Then as Lauren was getting into the sport at middle school, her older brother Jesse was beginning to master it, setting the boys school record and taking home a state championship of his own for the Hawks in 2005.

Continuing the family legacy, Lauren won a state championship in the discus last season en route to a dominating performance this season. She led all classes with a throw of 151 feet in the discus and was able to capture her first title in the shot put all while working right next to her father.

"This year has probably been our best year where we haven't been fighting as much because of course I'll get a little more annoyed with him than I would with another coach just because he is my dad, says Lauren Smith, "but I think we work really well together."

Father Mark knows he is setting his kids up for success. "It's been very enjoyable we've got to spend some quality time together and I really believe it makes for a better person being able to work with your daughter or son and show them what you feel is right in, weather it's athletics of life."

The now two time state champion will head to Iowa Central in the fall where she will continue to throw and in the next year or two head to UNI or Iowa.

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