As a freshman at Portage, Ashley Sosbe's best discus throw was 94 feet.
As a senior, it was 141-11, an increase of 50 percent.
How did she ascend from point A to point B?
"Basically, I became an all-year track athlete," Sosbe said. "The gains in strength throughout the year really helped and showed in my throws."
It also paved the way for Sosbe to extend her career another four years. The state medalist committed this week to attend Indiana State.
"I didn't even think throwing in college was a possibility until state last year," Sosbe said. "Even after that, I was like, is this something I really want to do? Then the more I thought about it, I couldn't see my life without throwing, either competing or coaching. It's really exciting to have the opportunity."
Portage throws coach Mark Harsha credits Sosbe's big gains to her dedication.
"It's a process," Harsha said. "She put in a lot of hard work, extra time, improving her strength level, her technique, and it really paid off. That's the foundation of what we do with all of our kids. Ashley developed as an athlete and she developed as a leader, too. She was a phenomenal leader. She did a great job leading the whole bunch, showing it in her actions, too."
The signing continues a decades-long tradition of excellence in the throws at Portage, which consistently produces college-level athletes.
"I think it comes down to you've got to have the kids," Harsha said. "I feel the kids have set the high standard for themselves. It pushes them. They're never satisfied. It's a great quality to keep going."
Sosbe drew plenty of inspiration from Tori Bliss, a multiple state champion at Portage and an All-American at LSU.
"I've always looked up to Tori," Sosbe said. "I always wanted to follow in her footsteps, make her proud. I think I'm doing an OK job."
Discus figures to be Sosbe's main event at Indiana State, though she expects to also do the hammer throw.
"I tried it once when I was a sophomore, emphasis on tried," she said. "I don't think I was strong enough yet. I'm going to try to do it a little this summer. I'm hoping I can still throw the shot, but I'm not sure."
Sosbe will major in athletic training with a minor in coaching-education.