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Orion's Logan Lee unleashed a throw of 55 feet, 8 inches in Thursday's IHSA Class 1A State Track & Field preliminaries. That was the second-best qualifying throw of the day as he heads into Saturday's finals at Eastern Illinois University's O'Brien Field. 

CHARLESTON — Orion senior Logan Lee, when he’s finished with his throws on Saturday, will have had what can only be described as a storied career and an incredible final prep season.

He was a key member of the Chargers football team that reached the quarterfinals. He won the heavyweight division in wrestling at state and finished with a 21-1 record. Now he looks to finish with a top medal in the shot put in Saturday's finals.

“I do a pretty good job in the things that I compete in,” Lee said. “I’m competitive by nature and always try to do my best and hope it matches up. People recognize me, which is a little weird as a high school kid. It’s tough sometimes being a recognizable face, but it’s fun to talk to people and hear their perspectives.”

On Thursday while being interviewed, Lee was approached by several well-wishers following his performance in the shot put, his best throw of 55-8 earned him second in the preliminaries just an inch behind the top performer. People wanted to talk to him because he is a down to earth, level-headed young man.

“The biggest thing is respecting people as much as possible,” Lee said. “Relationships are huge to me. I just try to be a good guy and it’s pretty cool that I have such a huge support group.”

It isn’t just Orion supporters who wish the Iowa football commit well in his future endeavors. Former competitors and parents of student-athletes from other schools wanted a chance to talk to Lee and share a conversation.

Lee’s best throw in the preliminary round of the shot put was his personal best by about a foot and this time of year is the best time to peak. One driving factor for the Charger was the competition from within the conference and area that has pushed him to be his best.

“It’s huge to be able to compete with the conference and the rest of the area,” Lee said. “It’s nice to be able to go everywhere and have pretty decent relationships with my competition. We have such a good conference filled with a lot of talent in every sport.

"We’ll see each other throughout the year in the various sports and I’ll get together with guys and talk to them. There’s a great amount of mutual respect.”

Lee just missed the opportunity to compete in both the shot put and discus as his throw of 139-2 fell four feet shy of the qualifying mark.

Regardless of how Lee finishes his career in the shot put, he has a lot to be proud of — and look forward to — in his career at Iowa.

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