Waddell wins discus competition at Nike Outdoor Nationals

Published 12:15 pm Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Polk County native Harrison Waddell is a national track and field champion.


Waddell won the Boys Discus Throw Emerging Elite competition on Saturday at the 2022 Nike Outdoor Nationals in Eugene, Ore.

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Waddell, who attended Polk County High School until moving to IMG Academy in Florida for his senior season, won the discus event with a throw of 50.86 meters (166-10).


Waddell topped Alberto Orta (49.79m) of All-American Throws Track Club in Texas and Phillips Moore (47.55m) of Mableton, Ga.


The national title came a day after Waddell placed eighth in the Boys Shot Put Emerging Elite competition with a top throw of 15.83 meters (51-11 1/4).


Both of Waddell’s top efforts in the shot and discus were personal-best throws.


The Nike meet concludes Sunday, and Waddell will again be in action in the Boys Hammer Throw.


The state 1A champion in the shot put as a junior at Polk County, Waddell recently signed a national letter-of-intent with the track and field program at High Point University.