Robby Watson Signing Ceremony with Southern Miss Set for Nov. 19

MACON, Ga. – The FPD Athletic Department is pleased to announce that senior Robby Watson will sign his national letter of intent to throw discus and shot put with the University of Southern Mississippi on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 9:50 a.m. in the Middlebrooks Athletic Center.

The signing is the first this year for the Class of 2016.

“We are really proud of Robby and his commitment to take his talents to the next level,” FPD head boys track and field coach John Griffin said. “He’s worked hard his entire career and is deserving of this honor. Our entire school is excited for him.”

Watson had a memorable junior campaign for the Vikings, who placed second overall at the GHSA Class-A Track and Field State Meet.

He claimed the individual state title in discus and shot put in Jefferson, Ga. on May 14 at the GHSA Class-A State Meet. His throw of 153-10 in the discus bettered the competition by over five feet.

In the shot put, Watson’s toss of 51-06.25 also stood as the best throw, good enough for his second individual state title of the day.

An All-Middle Georgia selection from last season, Watson is thankful for the opportunity to compete at the collegiate level.

“I’m really excited to spend the next four years at Southern Miss doing what I love to do and I just feel really blessed to get the chance to do this,” Watson said. “I can’t wait. It’s going to be awesome.”

Watson also took the GHSA Class-A Area-1 Private title in discus and shot put this past spring with throws of 140-02 and 47-01.5, respectively.

Watson still knows there’s work to be done, though. He’s focusing on leading the Vikings again in 2016 in his final year with extensive preparation.

“I’ve been training with my indoor club in Marietta, Ga. with shot and weight and we have a bunch of big meets coming up this winter,” Watson said. “Hopefully I can reach my goal of hitting 200 in discus and 70 in shot put.”

Watson summed up his feeling perfectly.

“It feels great to know I’m going to Southern Miss,” Watson said.

The high school student body and faculty, family, friends and local media members  are all invited to the ceremony on Thursday morning.

Check for future updates on the FPD Track & Field teams in the coming months.

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