Lakeville’s Podominick throwing farther than ever before

Team USA member will participate in World Championships in August

Liz Podominick’s dream of competing in the Olympics one day took a big step in a positive direction earlier this month.

The Lakeville native earned a spot with Team USA after finishing third in the discus at the United States Track and Field Outdoor Championships June 20-23 in Des Moines, Iowa. Her best throw was 199 feet, 1 inch.

“I didn’t throw as well as I wanted, but making the team was my objective for the season, so I can’t really complain,” she said.

Her finish was high enough to qualify for the U.S. team for the International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships Aug. 10-18 in Moscow.

“It’s like a tester leading up to the Olympics,” she said. “The year after the Olympics, a lot of people retire, so this is like the up-and-comer side of it.”

They take the top three, but Podominick had already thrown the qualifying standard earlier this year.

In the past year, Podominick has been in Portland full time working on her throwing mechanics.

“Just the understanding of the throw and how to make it go farther has been key,” Podominick said. “Just getting those reps in makes a huge difference.”

She’ll be out there for the next month before flying to Austria for the Team USA training camp.

“This was a big step,” she said. “This is the beginning cycle that sets up for 2016. It will be great to get some international experience and represent Team USA.”

Podominick was a two-sport star for Lakeville High School in the early 2000s in both basketball and track and field.

She went on to play for the University of Minnesota women’s basketball team and she won Big Ten titles in the shot put and discus.