WATERVILLE — Trever Gray, a standout thrower for the Waterville Senior High School track and field team, will compete for the University of Connecticut next year.

Gray made an official visit to UConn last week, and left the Storrs, Conn. campus feeling it was the right school for him.

“I just fell in love with UConn, the campus, the coaches, the athletes,” Gray said. “It really made me feel like home.”

As a junior, Gray won Class B state titles in the shot put in the indoor and outdoor seasons. Gray threw 52 feet, 2.25 inches to win the indoor shot title, and won the outdoor crown with a throw of 53-5.25. Gray also won the outdoor state championship in the discus, with a throw of 151-1.

At UConn, Gray will continue to throw the shot and discus, and possibly the hammer, an event not offered in Maine high school track and field competition.

“I’ve been working by myself on the hammer, just in case,” Gray said.

Gray is joining a strong team. The Huskies won the American Athletic Conference outdoor track and field title last spring.

“It felt like the perfect place for me,” Gray said.

UConn was the only official recruiting trip Gray made. He made unofficial visits to the University of Massachusetts, Kentucky and Manhattan. Deciding his collegiate plans prior to the start of the track and field seasons wasn’t in the plans, but Gray said he’s glad it worked out that way.

“It kind of just happened,” Gray said. “It feels good now that it’s over.”

This fall, Gray is a two-way lineman on the Purple Panthers’ football team, but training hard for the upcoming indoor and outdoor track and field seasons.

“Throwing the shot 61 feet before I leave (high school) is still my goal,” Gray said.

Travis Lazarczyk — 861-9242

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