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Texas girl sets indoor shot put record

Published Oct. 16, 2005

Stevanie Wadsworth hurled her shot farther than any other woman shot putter at the Fort Worth Coaches Association-Southwest Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships _ and she is still in high school. Wadsworth, who is a senior at Bell High School in the Fort Worth suburb of Hurst, put her third attempt 49 feet, 10{ inches Friday night to claim first place and break the national high school girls' indoor record of 49 feet, 7 inches at the meet Friday night.

"My main goal is the Olympics," Wadsworth said Monday night. "If everything goes accordingly, I don't see why I can't compete in Barcelona (the site of the summer Olympics) in 1992."

Her effort would have won the Southwest Conference portion of the meet by 26 inches. High school contestants use the same 8-pound, 13-ounce shot that women collegians use.

"A lot of the college competitors came up to me after the meet and said "Good job,'

" Wadsworth said. "They will have to watch out next year."

Wadsworth said her next goal is to "break the girls' high school national outdoor record (of 53-7)."

Wadsworth has made an oral, though non-binding commitment to accept a track scholarship at Kent State.

"A lot of SWC coaches are drooling over her," said her coach, Cathy Kahlig.