Anyone who spends a few minutes watching Charles B. Aycock senior Trevor Holt hurl a shot put or discus through the air can come away convinced he’s been sharpening his skills for years.
The reality is success comes quicker to some than it does to others.
Holt, did not begin his own love affair with the shot put and discus until roughly a year ago. That delayed journey to a pair of track and field events he now loves hasn’t stopped Holt from experiencing success.
Holt was introduced to the shot put and discus by his two older brothers at an early age, but he did not begin competing in the two events until his junior year.
“My older brothers introduced me to the shot put and discus when I was about 9 years old, Holt said. “I really didn’t think much about it for a while until my junior year. Once I picked them both back up again I fell in love with it pretty quick.”
As a junior, Holt was the Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference Champion and an All-Conference selection in both shot put and discus. He also maintains a 3.6 grade point average. Holt is this week’s Mt. Olive Pickles High School Athlete of the Week.
The Mt. Olive Pickles High School Athlete of the Week is a partnership between Curtis Media Group, Mt. Olive Pickles and Worrell Contracting to recognize local high school athletes who excel athletically, academically and through service to their community.
Each Friday morning through May 12, a local high school athlete will be recognized on the WGBR morning show as well as in a feature story on goldsborodailynews.com. The recognized athletes are chosen by the athletic department and administration from their respective high schools.
While Holt quickly rediscovered a passion for a sport his family has a deep history with, developing the skills necessary to compete against the best in the state took plenty of discipline. Holt dedicated himself to the weight room and relied on the coaching of his two older brothers.
The hard work paid off as Holt placed fifth in the 2016 North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A Eastern Regional Championships in shot put in discus. Holt also set a C.B. Aycock record with a throw of 139 feet, 0 inches in the discus at the Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference Championships.
“It just takes a strong mind,” Holt said. “You have to get after it. I think being in the weight room a lot has a strong influence on how well you can perform in shot put especially, and discus. Technique plays a big influence as well.”
Holt’s influence on the track team at C.B. Aycock is not limited to his performance in the shot put and discus. He also serves as the captain for the field events and his leadership and example to younger members of the team is invaluable.
“Trevor is our leader and he’s the captain of the field events,” head coach Scottie Rodgers said. “He even inspired some of the guys last year from last year to work hard. I can count on Trevor to work hard and he teaches the technique that he uses really helps. He encourages the guys to stay in the weight room and that really helps. He has determination and that plays a vital part in the athlete that he is.”
Holt is also a member of the football team at C.B. Aycock and he holds a certification in financial literacy. Despite those commitments Holt manages to keep up his grades. Balancing academic and athletic success isn’t easy, but it’s part of what makes Holt an influential figure on the C.B. Aycock campus.
“It’s the same with being on the football field and on the track you have to keep a strong mind,” Holt said. “Being able to keep a 3.6 GPA isn’t easy, but keeping a strong mind and paying attention in class is nothing you should slip on.”
Holt recently received a scholarship offer to continue his track and field career at the University of Mount Olive. Although he has yet to make a decision on which four-year institution he will attend, Holt plans to pursue a degree in criminal justice.
“I hear that Mount Olive has a very accredited criminal justice program and I’m very interested in participating in that,” Holt said. “Also, I’m just looking forward to expanding my track and field career with Mount Olive.”