FREMONT — It was a moment two years in the making for Kenny Laws when he signed his letter of intent to throw shot put for Vincennes University Monday evening.
The now-Fremont graduate had enjoyed a great run of success the past two years which began with a sectional title as a junior and culminated with a trip to the state track and field meet this past season.
For his efforts, Laws was rewarded with what he didn’t think would be possible before that stretch, a chance to compete at the collegiate level.
“I just worked so hard, put so much work in, and it feels really great to see it all pay off,” Laws said.
Laws plans on pursuing a degree in marine biology, with hopes of either becoming a conservation officer or moving out to the east coast to become a marine biologist.
Vincennes, located in the southwest corner of the state, is about a six-hour trip from Fremont — the farthest Laws has ever traveled away from home. He has taken trips to athletic events that have been three hours, maybe a little more, away. But the thought of spending the next few years of your life double that distance away from home can be daunting for most 18-year olds.
“Oh yeah, I’m really nervous,” Laws said. “I brought my mom with me on my last visit down there, and it just kinda struck me how I’m not gonna be around my family as much.”
Laws had visited the campus a couple times. When he first made the trek down, the program was in between coaches. Nevertheless, the atmosphere of the campus, the academic fit and other factors all played into Laws’ favor.
Eventually, Laws was contacted by coach Tim Marsee who expressed his desire to have him as part of the program. Laws knew it was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up.
Laws leaves Fremont as one of the school’s most accomplished track and field athletes in recent memory. His career-best throw of 51 feet, 1 inch gave him the program record in that event, and he was the first thrower in over a decade to make it to the state meet.
He isn’t shy about admitting that getting the shot put record was a goal of his since he entered the high school program. He’ll also tell you how much it means to him that he was able to accomplish it.
Heading into the next level, Laws’ goals remain the same, and he hopes he has similar success there as well.
“I don’t know if I’ll break any records, but my goals are the same as they were when I was a freshman (at Fremont),” Laws said. “I want to go out there and prove that I can throw at a high level, against good competition.
“I was able to do that in high school, and if I put the work in I think I can do that in college, too.”