“Congratulations to Nick Kahanic, a student at Roberts Wesleyan College from 2004-07, who just set an open stone World Record!”
AMHERST - When Nick Kahanic was a sophomore at Falconer Central School, he attended a camp for athletes who specialized in the shot and discus.
The camp was run, in part, by former U.S. Olympian Brian Oldfield.
"It kind of changed my career,'' said Kahanic, who went on to become an all-state performer in high school and an All-American at Roberts Wesleyan College. "I don't think he knew me (then), but I guess he'll know me now.''
Competing at the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village Celtic Festival on Saturday, Kahanic, an amateur, set the world record in the open stone, registering an astonishing throw of 63 feet, 3.75 inches, which shattered Oldfield's professional record of 63-2, which was set 39 years ago.
That's no typo.
"I'll tell you what,'' Kahanic said Sunday night, "I was in the zone.''
It's been that kind of year for the 27-year-old.