High school track and field: CDO senior Alarcio-Caldon wants her discus title back

2014-03-28T00:00:00Z High school track and field: CDO senior Alarcio-Caldon wants her discus title backBy Scott Coleman For The Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Canyon del Oro discus thrower Meredith Alarcio-Caldon is out for revenge as a senior.

Alarcio-Caldon won the Division II state title as a sophomore in 2012 but had a disappointing third-place finish in last year’s state tournament. Now she has her eyes set on reclaiming her title before heading off to college.

“The target was on my back last year,” Alarcio-Caldon said. “This year, I’m out chasing, I guess.”

She is well on her way toward achieving her lofty goal.

Last weekend, Alarcio-Caldon won at the Willie Williams Classic for the second year in a row. Her discus traveled 137 feet 5 inches, which was nearly 20 feet farther than the second-place finisher.

“My goal at the beginning of the season was to get into the 140 (foot range) on throws,” she said. “With my performance last week, I don’t know, maybe I’m going to move my goal up a little bit just because I’ve already gotten close to my original goal.”

Alarcio-Caldon took an interest in discus and shot put in eighth grade on the recommendation of her uncle. He taught her the basics, and she’s been excelling ever since.

Since winning the state title as a sophomore, Alarcio-Caldon won all but two of the meets she participated in as a junior. She owns the Canyon del Oro record with a throw of 130-11». Now, she’s just adding to the record books while enjoying the final days of her senior campaign.

College is up next for the former state champion. While the academic side will certainly play a part, it doesn’t take more than a couple of minutes with Alarcio-Caldon to reveal her true passion.

“I want to throw so badly in college, and I want to go where I can throw often and be competitive and compete in big meets,” she said. “Of course, I always look for the major I want, but discus is the main priority.”

Alarcio-Caldon said she does not have her heart set on any one school, but there are quite a few that grab her interest. Until she makes that final decision, Alarcio-Caldon will continue working alongside her Dorados teammates to make this final year one to remember.

“There are probably three weeks since last season that I haven’t thrown,” she said. “I love to throw, so I’m just out throwing as much as I can.”

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