By JP Widner
SWT Sports Writer
Dublin- If you enter the Pulaski County High School weight room on any given day, you’re likely to see Ian Calfee throwing large amounts of weight around. The senior easily squats and bench presses 225 pounds for numerous repetitions before reaching for additional weights. The current high school record holder in the indoor shot put (49’9”), the gentle giant is aiming to break the outdoor 50’ mark before he walks across the graduation stage this spring. Calfee also dapples in the discus throw with his best throw being 137’8”. He has earned All-District, All-Regional and All-State Honors for his throwing ability during high school.
Ian tried the shot put and discus starting in the seventh grade at Dublin Middle School. Coach Cook and Coach Lewis mentored Calfee until he reached high school. As a freshman at PCHS, football was his main focus, and he put track & field on the back burner. Ian finally came back to track his junior year and has loved it ever since. As the only senior boy on the team, Ian has stepped up to become a leader on the young Cougar team.
Older brother Josh Calfee always encouraged Ian to do track to better prepare himself for football season. Mother Teresa Calfee has supported Ian in anything and everything he has tried. Teammate Sara Wright has motivated him and set a great example for Ian. “She always works very hard coming to track practice as much as she can before she has to run up the hill to softball practice and still succeeds,” said Calfee. “She’s a great role model, teammate, and someone who supports me.”
In just a few weeks, Calfee will be making his choice of which college to attend. Eastern Mennonite University, Bridgewater College, and Ferrum College are three NCAA Division III institutions he is considering. “I really like the environment at Eastern Mennonite University and it is my first choice,” Calfee said. “I know it would be a place where I could better myself and also be a part of their track program. Ferrum is closer to home and more affordable. I also have a couple of my football teammates that are going to be attending Ferrum next fall. Bridgewater is another option that I haven’t yet fully explored.” No matter where he chooses to attend, Calfee wants to major in business and/or sports management.
Besides playing football in college, Ian would like to throw the shot put and discus for a track program. He would also try the hammer and weighted throw.
“It has meant a lot to me to be able to represent Pulaski County during high school,” Calfee said. “I’ve always wanted to wear cardinal and gold ever since my brother Josh was in high school. It’s sort of like a tradition for a Calfee to represent Pulaski County.”