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For this week's MileSplit Mississippi senior sendoff, we are sending off one of the best throwers in the state, from Oxford High School, Keegan Wilfawn!
This Fall, Wilfawn will be competing for the Ole Miss Rebels, where he will focus on the Discus and Hammer!
Wilfawn is coming off of a senior season in which he threw a massive PR in the Discus of 166-10, ending the season as the No. 2 ranked discus thrower behind Roury McCloyen, who is the No. 2 ranked Discus thrower in Mississippi state history.
RANKINGS: 2022 Mississippi High School Boys Discus
Wilfawn also placed second overall at the 2022 MHSAA 6A Track and Field Championships in the Discus, improving on his fourth-place finish from last year's championships.
He won every other meet prior to the state meet during his senior season.
Ole Miss's top performer in the Discus is 2022 NCAA Division I Outdoor Nationals qualifier Daniel Viveros, who has thrown 164'9" (college discus weight).
On the side of academics, Wilfawn will be working on getting a degree in Exercise Science, a program that prepares students for a broad range of health and fitness-related professions through a curriculum that focuses on the applied sciences of exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor control, and the psychology of exercise behavior.
We asked Wilfawn some questions and insight in regards to his high school career, what he loves about running, and some advice that he would leave behind to all of the track and field athletes that are still on their journey.
Check them out below!
Q: Explain your 'throwing journey'... (How did you get into running, how did your senior season go, and how did you get connected with the college that you are going to?)
A: I started throwing because my brother threw in high school. I also wanted to give myself something to do in the spring since I was not playing baseball anymore. I never thought I was going to go to college for track but I fell in love with it my senior season and decided that it was what I wanted to do. I got connected with my college by reaching out to them through email.
Q: What is your most memorable meet/race and why?
A: My most memorable meet was when I broke the school record with a huge PR of 166'10 at the district meet my senior season.
Q: Out of all your high school achievements, which one means the most to you and why?
A: I would say the one that means the most to me is breaking the school record
Q: If you could go back and do it all over again, what would you change, if anything?
A: There isn't much I would change. However, I would go back and try to throw shot put and just work harder.
Q: Who is somebody that you look up to/someone that helped you along your journey to get you where you are today?
A: I look up to my older brother, he has always been a role model for me and my goal was to beat his best discus throw in high school. He has always been a hard worker and it paid off for him as he is now playing football at South Alabama. My dad has also been a big help in my journey. He helped me push myself and always gave me workouts based on the sports season I was in. He was also a big help in me contacting schools, as he has many contacts since he has been a college strength coach.
Q: What will you miss the most?
A: I will just miss all the fun times I had with my teammates and succeeding as a team
Q: What piece of advice would you give to the younger athletes that are just getting started on their journey?
A: Just keep working, it pays off. Throwing is a long process and you will get better if you put in the work. Also, don't take for granted the time you have with your team at the meets.