Dirkschneider wastes little time in making shot record her own
by Nathan Arneal
Samantha Dirkschneider freely admits that breaking the NBC school shot put record was a career goal of hers.
It took her all of three high school meets to accomplish that goal.
On her first throw at last Tuesday’s Logan View Invite, the freshman heaved the shot well beyond the 40-foot stripe. It measured out at 43 feet, 1 inch, beating the old record by four inches.
“I didn’t think today would be a good day at all,” Dirkschneider said with a laugh, “but Mr. Feurer said, ‘You know what? Just go crazy. Let it all out.’ So I kind of did.”
NBC throws coach Bob Feurer said seeing Dirkschneider break the record so quickly was certainly a surprise. Prior to the Logan View meet, her personal best had been 40-3 at the Scotus Relays two weeks earlier. One week before the record-breaking effort, she threw 37-7 in West Point.
“The 43-1 is way farther than I thought she’d be at this time of year,” Feurer said. “To have that big of a jump... she doesn’t improve in inches. She improves in feet.”
The record has special meaning in the Dirkschneider family. Before Tuesday’s meet, the school record holder was Deanna Dirkschneider, Samantha’s older sister. Deanna first broke the record as a sophomore before setting the mark at 42-9 toward the end of her junior year.
When the shot put event was complete at Logan View, Samantha couldn’t wait to give her sister a call.
“I always call her after all my meets,” Samantha Dirkschneider said. “When I threw over 40, she dropped her jaw. I told her in person and she freaked out. I call both of my sisters and my dad after every meet just to let them know.”
Deanna, now an All-American thrower for the Nebraska Wesleyan track team, knew that her sister had a good chance at the record and advised her not to hold back.
“(Deanna) said, ‘Once you break it, don’t stop. Keep going,’” Samantha said. “So we’re going to see how far I can go.”
Feurer said Dirkschneider’s speed across the ring and solid technique in finishing the throw sets her apart from other athletes. On her record throw, he said, everything clicked at the same time.
“I knew from what I saw in the ring that when it left her hand it was a good throw,” Feurer said. “It looked effortless. A good throw doesn’t even look like you threw it hard. With the angle of release, I knew it was going to be good. I didn’t know it was going to be that good.”
Dirkschneider’s shot put was not only the best in North Bend Central history, but it is the best throw in Class C this spring by more than two feet. It also sits second in the state in all classes. However, Feurer doesn’t want to start looking at the possibilities down the road for his freshman prodigy.
“I don’t want to talk about potential,” he said. “Stuff happens. You have to take each day as it happens.”
That would probably be just fine with Dirkschneider. After the shot put finished up Tuesday afternoon, the future event she was most concerned about was finding a phone to call her sister.
“It’s very exciting,” she said. “I’m shaking a lot.”