MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - The high school girl shot putter ranked number one in the country right now is Dublin's own Sarah Howard.
"She set the mark, now everyone else is trying to catch her now," says her mother, Amanda Howard.
The young athlete from Trinity Christian School also broke the Georgia record for high school girls this year. She threw the 8.8 pound ball 51 feet and 11 inches. Her score is the one to beat for the rest of the country in the 2012 track and field season.
"It's hard to really wrap your head around it. because it's like number one in the whole nation, it's a big country," says Howard.
She's not just talented on the field. Howard's at the top of her senior class. She went on official visits to several big name colleges including Stanford, Wake Forest, and University of Georgia. She decided to head to University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in the fall.
Her father Chris, who also happens to be her coach, says the watching his daughter succeed on and off the field has been a blessing in more ways than one.
"It's been a privilege, not only to see her perform as well as she has, I've spent time with her daily for hours on end for you know the last while, and it's worth a lot to me as a father."
Sarah took home first place earlier today in both the discus throw and the shot put at her last meet of the regular season at Mount De Sales in Macon. Next Wednesday, she will compete in the regional competition in Augusta. She currently holds the record for the longest shot put at the state competition, and she says she's hoping to herself this year.