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January 10, 2013

From a family of athletes, Kobelski making her mark in shot put

From a family of athletes, Kobelski making her mark in shot put

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Cassie played multiple sports growing up, but it was in middle school that she discovered track. Her original event, however, was not throwing.

“I would go to Hooptown with (current Andover track star) Courtney (Comeau) during the summer, then go over her house and run hurdles,” said Kobelski, whose uncle is married to the sister of Courtney’s father, Golden Warrior track coach Peter Comeau. “So hurdles were my first event.”

As a freshman, however, Kobelski accidentally found a new love.

“I worked really hard on the hurdles and ended up getting shin splints,” she said. “But I just thought my legs just hurt, so I pushed myself too hard and ended up getting hurt and couldn’t compete.

“While I was injured I started hanging out with my friends, who happened to be the throwers. Then coach McDermott suggested I try out the shot put. So I really found it be accident.”

After spending much of her sophomore year learning to throw, Kobelski delivered a breakout season last spring. She became the first Andover thrower to place at All-States since Felicia Thompson in 2004, taking eighth in the shot put with a 36-4. She was also fifth at EMass. Division 1 (35-11), second at MVC Meet (36-5) and third at Andover Boosters (season-best 36-7).

“She really stepped up and took it to another level at the end of last season,” said McDermott. “And the best part is she has picked up right where she left off last year. She has opened as far as she was throwing last year, which is very difficult. She has been working for four years and it has now finally fallen into place.”

With the season just underway, she has won the shot put in both of Andover’s dual meets, both times setting a new personal best. Her 36-8 3/4 in a win over Lowell is a new PR.

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