Charles Burch

Chris Wertman is dominating the ICC shot put circuit in only his first year trying the event.

Ali Wagner, Staff Writer

For this being his first year on the Bellwood- Antis track team, Chris Wertman has certainly made his mark.

Chris has been taking first place in most of the meets for shot put, and he placed 6th at the Igloo Invitational meet.

For his efforts he has been selected as the BluePrint’s Athlete of the Week.

I think it’s been a good season, but I am still excited to see what the future holds.”

— Chris Wertman

This is Wertman’s first year in track and field, after playing baseball for two years. He participates in shot put and throws the javelin.

“I felt like I would be better at track and field than I was at baseball,” said Chris. “I wanted to try something new.”

The transition is made easier by the extra work and dedication Chris has put into getting better, and he loves what he does. But he knows that the season still isn’t over yet.

“I think it’s been a good season, but I am still excited to see what the future holds,” he said.

It is the atmosphere of the sport that Chris enjoys the most.

“I like how laid back it is, but you also work hard every day to get better,” said Wertman.

As far as goals, Chris has some sensible goals for himself as the end of track season is near,

“I would like to place in the top three at districts,” he said.

The boys track coaches are excited to have Chris on the team and are proud of how far he has come.

“Chris has come a long way in a very short time frame,” said Coach Burch, the field coach. “He never had a shot put in his hand until a month ago. I am hoping for continuing improvement and Chris being a contender in the big meets in May, including districts.”