CROWN POINT | Meghan Kessler returned home last spring.
The former Crown Point track and field thrower came home to watch her little brother, Mitchell Kessler, prepare for his first IHSAA sectional.
Meghan finished third at state in the shot put her senior year and seventh in the discus. She went on to throw at Purdue. She is now the throwing coach at Harding University.
"She told me to stay intense," Mitchell Kessler said. "She helped me out. I got a (personal record) of (56 feet, 6 inches) at sectionals and I won."
Kessler didn't just win. He beat Lake Central's Gelen Robinson, who ended up second at the state meet. Kessler scratched three times at the regional, which kept him from heading south.
The fact that last year was Kessler's first season of high school track and field made the effort that much more special.
"I was happy but I wasn't content at the regional," he said. "I stepped over the toeboard three times and that cost me going to state."
Crown Point coach Keith Iddings isn't as worried about toeboards as he is the weather. His Bulldogs first outdoor meet was Wednesday at Lake Central. The time indoor has been difficult for Kessler and the rest of the team.
"Mitchell did really well after taking his freshman year off," Iddings said. "He kept getting better as the season went on and he was great at the sectional. The regional didn't go so well but that has motivated him.
"I know he really wants to get to state this year."
Iddings said his mail box is starting to fill up for the junior. He's gotten correspondence from LSU, Louisville, Miami, Oklahoma and Missouri among others.
Kessler started at left guard for Crown Point's football team last fall. He said the speed that is required on the grid has helped him in both the shot and discus. Plus, the weight training for football has helped him, too.
His best bench press is 264 pounds. His power cling is 286. His squat is 396.
Kessler also got a letter from Harvard. He has a 3.6 GPA in honors classes.
He has also had perfect attendance since kindergarten.
His whole room is filled with NASCAR cars. He said he doesn't watch one of the races and has no clue why he collected them as a kid. He's also a big Bulls and Bears fan.
On Wednesday, he went up against Robinson in C.P.'s first outdoor meet.
"I'm excited for the rematch," Kessler said. "I don't know what he's thinking since I was the little sophomore who beat him last year."