COLUMBUS GROVE – To say that Columbus Grove senior Dakota Vogt has faced adversity, might be a slight understatement.
Vogt, a three-sport athlete, has worked through two serious injuries in less than one year’s time.
During football season, Vogt suffered a season-ending knee injury. Then, midway through the basketball season, he made a brief appearance on the hardwood, before he injured his shoulder and was forced to the sidelines.
Now, as the district track and field tournament begins this week at Liberty-Benton, the all-Ohio thrower is preparing to make another run to the state meet.
Last season Vogt finished third at the Division III state meet in the discus.
This past weekend, Vogt won the Northwest Conference title in the discus with a toss of 167 feet, 6 inches. His only event is the discus.
For Vogt, at this point in the season, it’s all about trying to peak at the right time.
“It’s going good,” Vogt said. “We’re lifting through all these meets until we get to districts and regionals, so we can peak at state. So, I’m a little tired right now.
“Right now, we’re working on my form and getting stronger until we get down there (to state meet).”
Vogt’s injury woes began this past fall.
“I had a knee surgery during football season and then I missed half of the basketball season,” Vogt said. “Then, when I got back in during basketball, I tore my labrum in my shoulder. I have to get a shoulder surgery in the summer. I’m getting used to it (pain) now, so it’s not that bad. It just comes and goes, but it’s not that bad anymore. …It was at first.”
Last season Vogt found himself on the awards podium at the state meet, when he finished third in the discus with a throw of 168 feet, 1 inch. The two athletes ahead of Vogt have now graduated.
Since last season, Vogt has put in extra time in hopes of improving on last year’s state-meet performance. His personal-best in the discus is 185 feet.
“In the summer, I come out (to throw) as much as I can,” Vogt said. “Last year I attended the Ohio State camp. During basketball, I don’t do much except spin a little bit. And then (during the spring) I come out and stay as late as I can after practice.”
Dakota is not the only Vogt who has been a successful thrower. Dylan, who graduated in 2010, was an all-Ohio thrower at Columbus Grove. He now throws for Ohio State.
Dakota will follow his brother’s footsteps as he also will compete at Ohio State next school year.
As far as working through the shoulder injury this spring, both Vogt and Columbus Grove throws coach Rick Maag do not feel that it’s been too much of a hindrance.
“I don’t think his shoulder bothers him too much,” Maag said. “He’s a hard worker. He actually throws too much in practice. I have to try to tame him down a little bit.
“He’s throwing really well in practice and he’s had some good meets, but we’ve been hitting the weights really hard everyday. But, we’re not working for now; we’re working for the state meet.”