Oxford's Connor Bandel looks to end his prep career on top in the shot and discusTrack and Field  |
Oxford - Connor Bandel accomplished a feat few do as a freshman. He placed first in two events in a conference meet.
As a lanky, 6-foot-2 freshman, Bandel won the Oakland Activities Association Red Division meet in the shot put and discus, 48 feet in the shot put and 138 feet in the discus back in 2013.
“We knew the potential was there,” Oxford field events coach George Schraut said. “He was very raw back then. He used to throw it like a baseball. I used to tell him that it’s the shot put, not the shot throw. He finally learned how to throw correctly and he’s matured over the years. He’s come a really long ways.
“We finally got him to start lifting weights more seriously after his sophomore year. He took the basketball season off his junior year and he got a lot better. Now, he’s one of the state’s best.”
That’s an understatement. Bandel has been dominant, not losing to a single in-state competitor in the outdoor track and field season in two years.
Although he didn’t qualify for the state finals as a freshman (he placed third in the shot put and fifth in the discus at the regional that season), nevertheless he was impressive in the weight events trad