Lincolnton’s Emily Shain’s senior year is winding down, but it’s not likely to be one that she’ll soon forget.
Last Saturday, Shain won the individual state championship in the Shot Put at the 2A State Track Meet at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro. She did so with a LHS-record throw of 43-feet, 11-and-a-half inches.
Shain did this after her top rival, Teteateh Snoh of Durham School of the Arts, had a personal best throw of 42-feet, 6-inches which was two feet longer than her previous best.
After Shain’s first five attempts had come up short of the mark to beat, she had just one throw remaining. As she prepared to launch her final toss, Coach Ledford Gibson had positioned himself within sight of Shain.
After taking a little more time than usual in what would be the final throw of her high school career, the N.C. State signee completed her longest throw ever, just two inches shy of the 2A state record.
Snoh, who was the last to throw in the event due to a better distance in the Regionals, came up short of Shain, giving the Lincolnton senior the state title.
Shain would later tell her parents, Tim and Pam, that seeing Coach Gibson standing there calmed her nerves.
After losing to Snoh at the Indoor Track & Field Championships back in the winter, Shain not only won the Shot Put event with her personal best, but also took fourth place in the Discus with a personal best throw of 119-feet, 2-inches, an event that Snoh would win.
Shain finished up a terrific senior season. After breaking her foot early in her junior basketball campaign, she averaged a double-double this past year with 11.4 points and 12.9 rebounds per game.
But even with the love that she has for basketball and volleyball, it is track & field that’s taking her to the next level. Shain placed first in the Shot Put and Discus at all seven of her regular-season meets this year. She placed first at the Regional in the Shot Put and second in the Discus. And then the first and fourth place finishes in the state competition.
Those performances followed up her runner-up performance at the Indoor Track & Field Championships, and a really solid junior season.
When Shain heads to N.C. State in the fall to participate in track & field for the Wolfpack, no one yet knows where that road may take her. Perhaps she winds up back at her old high school one day helping coach the athlete that breaks her records.
2019 Outdoor Track & Field: (7)-1st-place finishes in Shot Put, (7)-1st-place finishes in Discus, (1)-Regional Championship Shot Put, (1)-Regional runner-up Discus, (1)-State Championship Shot Put, (1)-4th-place state finish in Discus.
2018-19 Indoor Track & Field: (2)-1st-Place finishes in Shot Put, (1)-4th-place Regional Shot Put, (1)-2nd-place state Shot Put.
2017-18: Shain had (7) first-place finishes in Shot Put and (6) in Discus her junior season. She was also Regional champion in the Shot Put, 4th in Discus, and 4th in state in Shot Put and 12th in Discus. Shain was fourth at the Indoor Regionals in the Shot Put and second in the Indoor State Meet.