Slippery Rock University’s top thrower has been competing at an extremely high level for the men’s indoor track team as he finishes his final season.
Trevor Miller, a senior majoring in safety management, from Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania, has done nothing but improve since when he first began throwing in middle school.
Approached by the throws coach in his middle school hallway, he has remained dedicated to the sport ever since. Recently named Athlete of the Week, Miller has had an exceptional indoor track season. Throwing mainly shot put and weight throw this season, Miller has reached the provisional mark in the shot put at all four meets he has competed in.
“Trevor has definitely earned his success in this sport,” throws coach Megan Shadeck said. “He is very dedicated to the sport and doesn’t like missing practices or workouts. Not only has he had success out on the field, but he is also improving in the weight room with his personal records in lifting.”
In addition to this, Miller is only 0.09 meters away from the shot put school record for SRU. Additionally, he took first place at the Youngstown State College Invitational this indoor season, and currently holds the best shot put throw in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference with a distance of 16.76 meters. This distance also ranks him 12th best in the entire Division II shot put throws.
Miller has also performed very well in the weight throw, sitting at the fifth best throw in the PSAC with a distance of 16.20 meters. He’s had success at all conference meets he has competed in, including two second place performances at last year’s outdoor and indoor meets in the shot put.
When it comes to competition, Miller is naturally strong and explosive.
“For throwing, I’m actually motivated by anger and intense emotion inside of me,” Miller said. “At last year’s outdoor PSAC’s, the thrower who beat me in the shot put made a comment about how he doesn’t even have to try to win the meet and it instantly put a fire in me to beat him this year.”
Aside from the success he has with his throws, he says that one of his greatest accomplishments regarding the sport is the number of people he has become friends with and made connections with.
“Sure, doing well in sports or in school is great, but it’s nothing without the people to share the moments with,” Miller said.
Shadeck had nothing but praise for Miller and how much of a role model he is for his teammates.
“Trevor is a talented individual who sets a great example for the younger athletes, and truly gives it his all,” Shadeck said.
Miller said the biggest and best advice he ever received came from his father.
“He said that whenever you are doing anything, you must do it to the fullest from the beginning and not do it half way,” Miller said. “Otherwise, you will have to go back and fix it anyways. He said not to be satisfied with putting something out there with just half effort.”
Miller will be graduating from SRU this spring.