South Portland senior Danny Guiliani, the state’s premier shot put talent, who is currently ranked first nationally in his class, signs his National Letter of Intent Thursday to attend and throw at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Guiliani, joined by his mother, Jill, left, brother, Jonathan, and Red Riots coach, Dave Kahill, had several schools interested in his services, but ultimately he decided on the Cyclones.
“This is very exciting,” said Guiliani, who is undecided on what he wants to study. “Not many high schoolers get to do this. I only went on official visits to Iowa State and (Louisiana State University). I was completely surprised with Iowa State. I thought when I went there, I was going to see too much corn, but it reminds me of home. The campus is beautiful. The people are welcoming. Great coaching.”
Guiliani started track in the eighth grade, throwing the shot 32 feet. He’s more than doubled that distance since (his top throw is 66 feet, 5 inches) and won the Class A outdoor shot put crown in June with a throw of 62-8.25. He hopes to reach 70 feet before graduating.
“Danny’s work ethic and pursuit of success has been the most meaningful thing about him,” said Kahill. “The way he works out and practices has really rubbed off and has had a positive effect on our program. His shot put distance has been unparalleled. We saw he had a lot of potential when he was a freshman. He’s worked hard to reach that potential. I have no doubt he’ll be successful in college.”