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Solomon to continue throwing at Indiana Tech

Friday, March 12, 2010

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Northview senior Samantha Solomon signed a letter-of-intent to throw shot put and discus at Indiana Tech Friday. On hand for the event include (sitting) Solomon, (back) brother Damien Solomon, mother Kristina McVay and sister Ailia McVay, Indiana Tech track coach Karen Brandt, NHS coach Ryand Tucker, Solomon's father Christopher McVay, NHS principal Tim Rayle, and NHS boys' athletic director Charlie Jackson.
By JASON MOON

Managing Editor

Three years ago, Northview High School girls' track coach Ryand Tucker approached then freshman Samantha Solomon prior to a discus throw.

At the time, Solomon was throwing close to 80-feet in the event.

But Tucker believed Solomon had more in her. He told her the next throw would be at least 100-feet.

And he was right.

"She was all smiles," Tucker said.

Since, then, Solomon has been the undisputed leader of the throwing team at NHS. And it has paid off.

On Friday, the senior signed a letter-of-intent to throw shot put and discus at Indiana Tech, a NAIA school based in Fort Wayne.

During a visit to the school, Solomon liked what she saw.

"I like the campus and the throwing team is relatively new," she said.

The Warriors' throwing team is coached by Becky Levi. Next year will be only the fourth year the program has existed.

Indiana Tech women's track coach Karen Brandt was at Northview Friday and said Solomon will provide immediate depth to the throwing team. She is one of four recruits Brandt has signed this year.

"She's quality," Brandt said. "She's very much in the range of regional, state caliber and she can develop. She will come into a very, very good situation."

Tucker has coached Solomon all four years at Northview. He said Indiana Tech will receive a hard worker.

"She's real dedicated," Tucker said. "She strives to get better and better."

Solomon said she was looking at other schools, but Indiana Tech expressed interest.

She has won the Western Indiana Conference titles in discus two years in a row and is also the reigning sectional champion. She also placed second in the shot put in both events.

She is one of three seniors on the Knights' track squad this season.

"She has taken over the leadership role for the team," Tucker said.

Samantha is the daughter of Kristina and Christopher McVay. She plans to study physical education and health education while at Indiana Tech and believes she has a future in coaching.