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Rhodes places eighth in shot put at New Balance Nationals


Reece Rhodes spends his free time working out and it shows…the Lancaster High School senior recently finished in the top 10 in the shot put at the New Balance Nationals. Rhodes works out at the Northern Neck Family YMCA in Kilmarnock. Photo by Gabriel Zakaib

For the second time in three months, Reece Rhodes has made his mark on a national stage.

The Lancaster High School senior track and field star finished among the top 10 in the shot put at the New Balance Nationals in Philadelphia on June 18. His put of 59’6.25” was good enough to earn him an eighth-place finish overall among about 40 athletes in the event.

The New Balance Nationals was one of three outdoor national events held last weekend and afforded Rhodes some looks from college scouts.

“The competition was really, really good,” said Rhodes. “I barely made the finals [round] by like two inches.”

The decorated thrower most recently set a new Virginia High School League Class 1 state record in….

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