Pickerington High School Central junior Clayton Glasco believes he could be primed for an exciting time athletically, and being able to share that with a loved one should only add to the fun.
In addition to becoming the Tigers' top competitor in the shot put, Glasco is hoping to land a Division I football scholarship over the next few months.
His mother, Jenniffer Green, will be able to enjoy the experience as well after returning in March from a year serving in the military in Afghanistan.
"It was hard because I missed my mom," said Glasco, who didn't compete on the boys track and field team until he was a sophomore. "But when she got back I got a lot better at doing things. She's been to all (of my track meets). It helps me a lot."
A year ago, Glasco turned in a fifth-place finish in the OCC-Ohio Division meet in the shot put (49 feet, 9 3/4 inches) but stumbled to an eighth-place finish (43-4 1/2) at district to fail to advance to regional.
On April 19 in the 14-team Dublin Coffman Classic, Central placed fourth (59.5) behind champion Hilliard Davidson (135.5) as Glasco finished second (52-10 1/2) in the shot put to Reynoldsburg's Corey Beal (53-2).
He also added a fifth-place finish in the discus (131-7) and ran on the fifth-place 400-meter relay (44.69 seconds) with Chaz Holley, Shota Sisco and Kameron Smith.
He didn't compete April 12 in the Stingel Invitational at Pickerington North because he was attending the Ohio University spring football game on an unofficial visit.
On March 29, Glasco was named the linebacker MVP at the Raw Talent Sports Combine in Cleveland.
The 6-foot-1, 220-pounder, who has impressive speed for his size, doesn't yet have any Division I offers in football, but he hopes to receive some in the coming months.
"As a sophomore he moved from down tackle to linebacker, and now he's going to a lot of combines," track coach Jason Roach said. "Now he's running with our sprinters and he's 215 to 220 pounds."
Glasco's father, Jimmy Glasco, is a former standout sprinter for Columbus West who held the Division I regional record in the 200 (21.36) for 26 years before Gahanna's Blake Heriot broke it by running 21.28 in 2010.
Green holds the Baldwin Wallace program record in the 100 hurdles (14.12) and, according to the school's website, was a nine-time All-American and a four-time Division III national hurdling champion.
"He did OK at the league meet last year, but didn't do very well at district," Roach said. "He was going through some adversity because his mom had been in Afghanistan. Now I'm looking at, can he be on the (state awards podium) at the Division I shot put? Now you're seeing a kid who I wouldn't be surprised if he throws 54 or 55 feet."
"I've changed some things with my technique, and it's helped me throw it farther," Glasco said.
North girls take second at Teays Valley
The North girls team had one of its top finishes of the season April 18, earning runner-up (150.5) in the eight-team Ashville Kiwanis Invitational at Teays Valley behind champion Olentangy Liberty (169.5).
Winning titles were Annette Echikunwoke in the discus (109-5) and shot put (40-5), Eboni Hall in the 200 (25.98), Aleks Jovanovski in the long jump (15-3), Kat Lowe in the 1,600 (5:31.18) and the 800 relay of Hall, Jovanovski, Destiny Gardner and Winnie Labissiere (1:50.86).
Hall added a runner-up finish in the pole vault (8-6), Sinclair Stockard was second in the 800 (2:26.02) and the 3,200 relay of Abby Grube, Anna McSurley, Hannah Rickman and Rosa Rumora also was second (10:10.62).
"As a team we're working well together," coach Jim Langenderfer said. "We've been running hard. The weather hasn't been great, but their attitudes are absolutely great. They don't get discouraged. We've got a lot of meets coming up so we're just hoping the weather gets better and we can dwell on our speed."
North boys win at Vandalia Butler
By winning seven events April 19 in the 20-team Vandalia Butler Invitational, the North boys squad scored 118 points to take first while Centerville was second (91).
Nick Gray won the 100 (10.77), 200 (21.23) and 400 (49.27) and also ran on the winning 1,600 relay (3:22.82) with Trey Browder, Lucas Miller and Jayvonta Tolliver.
John Harris captured the title in the high jump (6-7) and ran on the second-place 400 relay (44.26) with Che Jackson, Zeph Miller and Darius Ragland.
Ragland added a title in the 300 hurdles (39.5), and the 3,200 relay of Ryan Kronk, Lucas Miller, Kris Perez and Zach Zimmerman also was first (8:07.95).
Browder took second in the 400 (51.26).
Gray ran the 100 for the first time April 5 in the Wildcat Premier at Hilliard Davidson and finished in a program-record 10.71.
"We knew what he could do in the 200 and 400, but he had never run an open 100 (until the Wildcat Premier) and he broke the school record," coach Dave Spring said.
Central girls place second in Dublin
With five titles and a runner-up finish, the Central girls team scored 92.5 points to place second behind Thomas Worthington (101) in the 13-team Coffman Classic on April 19.
Capturing titles were Shalon Conley in the 200 (25.91), Dana Shoff in the pole vault (11-0), Tyler Williams in the 400 (57.07), the 400 relay of Conley, Brionna Peppers, Cortisha Short and Irene Skinner (49.09) and the 1,600 relay of Nyari Herron, Peppers, Morgan Richardson and Williams (4:00.93).
Short added a runner-up finish in the 200 (25.2).