BRUNSWICK — Brunswick senior Meg Daly wasn’t sure what to do when it came to selecting a college, but just like when she began throwing a year ago, she sought some of the best advice.
With the help of her parents and Blue Devils girls coach Alex McCune, Daly accepted a full scholarship from Kent State.
“Being a newer person to the sport, I didn’t know what schools had a good track team as well as academic standards,” the 18-year-old said. “Coach McCune gave me insight on many schools, and I checked out Kent’s program on a suggestion from him, as well as my mom.”
Daly attended Golden Flashes summer camps and fell in love with just about everything the Mid-American Conference school had to offer. Akron and Tiffin didn’t have the same feel.
Daly also enjoyed the personal approach of throws coach Nathan Fanger.
“I really love (both Akron and Tiffin), but Akron didn’t give me the same excitement Kent did,” Daly said. “Both schools, I’m so lucky to have had the opportunity to meet their coaches and learn about their academics but, in the end, Kent had everything I was looking for.”
Daly was a quick study as a junior. She missed the regional podium in the discus by one foot and captured the Greater Cleveland Conference shot put title with a personal-record toss of 38 feet, 1ﾾ inches.
The search for a school connected her with Fanger. The Golden Flashes’ associate head coach worked with the 5-foot-8 Daly over the summer and has remained in contact.
The training sessions worked, as Daly advanced to the state indoor meet in the shot put and weight throw. She earned All-Ohio honors in the former with a seventh-place finish.
“This past summer, I went to a few of Kent’s summer camps, and I really loved the way he made the environment feel and his overall coaching style,” Daly said, who will major in criminology and sociology. “Coach Fanger is one of the main factors in choosing Kent over another school. He made me feel like I was being brought into a family.”
“Learning from his was such an experience. He took me through every step I should be taking, every pull I should feel and what speed I need to be going.”