GAINESVILLE, Fla. – In the spring of 2015, Adam Shuler won the Class 4A state championship in the discus and followed that performance with a victory in the Golden South Classic, a notable meet held each May in Orlando.
By the time Shuler was named The Orlando Sentinel’s Boys Track Athlete of the Year, he had already made one of the toughest decisions of his life earlier that spring when he signed a football scholarship with West Virginia. A defensive lineman out of Lyman High School in Seminole County, Shuler was grateful for the opportunity to play college football, but the Mountaineers do not have a men’s track team, thus ending his blossoming potential in the discus.
“I do love to throw,” Shuler said this week following football practice. “I was dedicated to being good.”
Shuler’s discus throw of 192 feet, 9 inches on his final attempt at the state meet his senior year broke a Central Florida record in the event that had stood for 39 years. Shuler also finished third in the shot put.
Shuler did not learn to throw the discus until he arrived at Cypress Lake High in the Orlando area as a freshman. He began to toss around the discus