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GRIFFITH — Jaecy Nelson is carving her own path, and it leads to the shot put circle.
The Griffith junior is one of the state’s top returning throwers after qualifying for state in the shot as a freshman. She’s a track star.
But the Nelson family is a basketball one. Her dad, Dustin, coached for 13 seasons, most recently at Griffith. Her mom, Kari, coached at Washington Township and was on staff at Valparaiso University. Her uncle, Doug, coaches basketball and baseball at Kankakee Valley.
Jaecy Nelson is a hooper, too, but knows her future is in track.
“My whole family is surrounded around basketball, so it feels like I’ve got to play basketball. I do enjoy it but track, because nobody in my family really had anything to do with track, it feels like something that’s my own. I can do this by myself,” she said. “My dad has helped me by learning how to help with my form, though, and I really thank him for that. He took the time to research and help me get better.”
Being a coach’s kid gives Nelson a different insight than other athletes. For instance, she values sports being a part of her life more than others. When teammates shrugged off the track season being canceled a year ago, she didn’t understand. She was in tears.