PORTLAND -- Concordia Senior Gabi Dixson is loving life and life as one of the best throwers in the country.
So much fun, says Dixson. Like my team is amazing, we just have a great time together.
The 21-year old Dixson is from Battle Ground, Wash. and has put a decade of work into throwing. She is an 11-time NAIA All-American in the discus, hammer throw and shot put.
I probably have the most potential in the shot put or the hammer, strength wise, body wise, says Dixson. I don t have like the typical long arms and long legs for a discus thrower, but it s still my favorite, I love it anyway.
Dixson won a national title in the discus last season. Her coach at Concordia is Mac Wilkins, former World Record Holder and Olympic Gold Medalist in the discus.
Gabi is a really terrific athlete, says Wilkins. I mean she was a top basketball player in High School. She has body awareness and body control and she can deliver it from the ground up, with the legs first and the arm last.
Dixson is primed for another run at nationals later in May in Marion, Indiana. In fact, just this week, the NAIA named Gabi the Women's Field Athlete of the Week. She earned it for winning the shot put at the Long Beach State Invitational April 20 in a field of 65.
Dixson threw a personal best 50 feet, 2 and 3/4 inches. It was the fifth Athlete of the Week honor of her college career at Concordia.
I was excited about it, says Gabi. That is the one I take a lot of pride in. There are other things that happen that come and go but I really like the national one. That means something, that s cool. I like those.
Dixson will graduate the first weekend in May and was also named Concordia Psychology grad of the year. She is ready for the future, a future that will include track and field and throwing.
I like the feeling when you let it go and you just know it s a good throw, says Dixson. You just feel it and you feel the tension building and you just let it go and it s nothing. I like that. You don t have to watch it land, you just know and you walk out the back of the ring and they mark it and you go, yep, I knew that. That s my favorite.