Cline set to join VU track and field program

From Herald Staff Reports


FERDINAND — The thought was in the back of his mind, but until that point, there weren’t any options Zach Cline really liked.

Then, a viable opportunity for the 2017 Forest Park graduate to compete in track and field at the collegiate level started to emerge.

While Cline was in the process of winning the shot put and setting a meet record in the discus throw at the Tell City Invitational on April 15, he was approached by an assistant coach from Vincennes University.

After an impromptu visit to the campus and the rest of the coaching staff, and the coaches seeking Cline out at the state finals June 2 in Bloomington, Cline knew he had a match.

“I was kind of undecided on what I wanted to do and they came and found me up there and talked to me a little bit,” Cline said. “That’s when I really decided to go there.”

Two weeks ago, Cline made it official and filed the scholarship paperwork that sends him to Vincennes next year.

Before the Trailblazers approached him, Cline was receiving interest from Marian University, but the fit wasn’t quite right. He was offered a scholarship, but it would still be a stretch to afford the rest of the tuition, and beyond that, the school didn’t offer any majors that jumped out at him.

That changed with Vincennes, where Cline will major in industrial maintenance.

His visit to Vincennes also revealed a better situation athletically.

“I really liked the coaching staff and the coaches were really nice,” Cline said. “They spent a good amount of their time talking about how they were going to help me. That was the thing. Marian didn’t really have much of a throwing program it didn’t seem like when they were talking to me. They didn’t have much established, but Vincennes has two coaches devoted to throwing.”

During his visit, Cline talked with Tim Marsee, one of the coaches who works specifically with the team’s throwers. While the program is best known for its distance runners, Cline pointed out its success in coaching throwers as well.

“They’ve got some other guys coming in, and they have a girl there who was throwing 40s in high school in the shot put and she’s throwing in the 50s now,” said Cline, the son of Richard and Lisa of Kyana. “They know what they’re talking about, they just haven’t had the guys coming in yet. It should be a lot of fun this year.”

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