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Published June 06 2012

Ada-Borup's Blasey eyes a pair of titles at Minnesota state meet

ADA, Minn. – While most are moving toward a state title, Brian Blasey is trying to look past it.

The Minnesota state track meet starts Friday at Hamline University in St. Paul and as the meet gets closer, Blasey is in an enviable position.

He’s the defending state champion in discus and the No. 1 seed in the shot put. Blasey, however, is focused on this year and not what he did last year.

“If I were to throw my personal record at the meets, I’d be third-best in the discus and in the shot put I’d be in the Top 10,” Blasey said. “I feel I can be better. Every inch counts.”

This has been a season of mixed results for Blasey.

He opened the year having already secured a track scholarship to North Dakota State. Yet it has also been a season which has seen him struggle with his form in the discus.

“I am sure there were frustrations along the way,” said Pat McErlane, who is an assistant track coach and Blasey’s uncle. “That’s the way throwing events really are. You can never throw a personal record every day and there’s going be days where you step back and maybe a lot.”

Blasey went to camps and learned what he was doing wrong and where he needed to make improvements. Blasey was told in order to get rid of any bad habits with his throws, he’d have to throw 10,000 times.

He threw 2,000 times in three days and figured out what was going wrong.

“I just felt like I was using more of my arm and my muscles out there,” he said. “And now, I am using my legs and I am getting the throws I’ve been waiting for all year. I am throwing the discus another 10 feet and the shot put another two or three feet.”

McErlane said one of his nephew’s strongest traits is the way his mind works. He said Blasey has worked toward becoming a student of both the discus and the shot put.

“He studies other throwers and as a coach, I don’t have to do much,” McErlane said. “The talent was there, the interest was there and he’s willing to work at it enough to be successful.”

Blasey admits he has come a long way.

As a freshman competing the discus, he scratched on every throw and didn’t even place. He improved as a sophomore to finish sixth before taking it all as a junior.

In the shot put, he went from fourth as a sophomore to third last season.

“I guess the dream is there of winning both,” Blasey said. “But that’s something we have to take day-by-day by not trying to push too hard and not getting out of my element.”

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