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Ormond Beach Observer Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 6 years ago

Father Lopez's A.J. McFarland signs with Florida track-and-field



A.J. McFarland will go for a state championship in the discus this season. 


DAYTONA BEACH — Since he was a young kid, A.J. McFarland always wanted to throw baseballs for the University of Florida.

Instead, he’ll be throwing a discus and a shot put for the Gators.

McFarland, a senior at Father Lopez High School, signed his National Letter of Intent on Feb. 7 to compete in track-and-field at the University of Florida, in Gainesville.

McFarland is a three-year letter winner for the Green Wave. He was the 2013 District 6-1A champion in the discus. In August 2013, McFarland finished eighth at the Amateur Athletic Union’s Junior Olympics, in Michigan, where he threw a career best 155 feet, 5 inches. McFarland’s shot put best is 43 feet, 3 inches.

This spring, McFarland hopes to eclipse the 180-feet mark in the discus, which would put him in contention for a Class 1A state title, Father Lopez track-and-field coach Suzanne O’Malley said.

“A.J. never gives up and is very dedicated,” O’Malley said. “He is a true champion on and off the field. He has a wonderful network of people who have helped mold him to the person he is today and will become.”

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