North Stokes 2016 graduate Ross Lucia just completed his freshman year of college at Gardner-Webb University and claimed success by playing on the track and field team.
“My first season of college was an eye-opening experience in the classroom and on the track. I found I had to work just as hard in the classroom as on the field, but also discovered I am very blessed,” he said.
While competing at the NCAA Division I school, Lucia finished fourth in his indoor track season’s weight throw with a personal best distance of 14.35m. He also participated in the shot put throw and had a best throw of 12.76m during the year. In the outdoor season at the Big South Conference championship the athlete was slated to finish third in the hammer throw, but scratched all three throws.
“Outdoor was a bit of a letdown at the conference meet, but I grew so much under coach Golabek. He had such a willingness to want me to get better and he pushed me every day. My personal best throw in the hammer was 45.30m and I credit a lot of my success to him and what he has done for me this past season.”
While throwing at North Stokes, Lucia helped lead the Vikings to back-to-back state championships in 2014 and 2015, while finishing second to Mount Airy in 2016 by 1.5 points. During the 2016 state meet, the athlete came in second in shot put and in the discus throw, despite an injury to his back just three weeks prior.
“The state meet is where Gardner-Webb coaches watched me throw and they said they liked the power I possessed. Three weeks later they called with a scholarship offer that doubled in the spring season.”
During the summer Lucia, the youngest of four children, works on his family’s farm and lives at home with parents Jerry and Sally in Westfield.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.