The takeover is complete.
The Pendleton sisters have thoroughly infiltrated a world that many would have speculated would be cold, restrictive and possibly cruel.
The Pendletons refused to listen and Megan Pendleton is the fourth of four sisters to continue her throwing career in college.
Pendleton will attend Aquinas College in Michigan. Emily and Erin Pendleton advanced to the University of Michigan after high school while Carly headed to Ohio State.
“Throwing is a man’s sport,” Megan said. “You wouldn’t think it’s feminine.”
Pendleton said she wouldn’t have looked at the sport were it not for her sisters’ involvement.
“I wanted to do everything (Emily) did,” Pendleton said.
Pendleton often competes in the shadow that goes with having state champion Big Ten sisters. She doesn’t see it that way.
“I don’t think about it,” she said. “They’re on a different level. I’m good, but they’re on a different level. They’re my sisters – they push me.
“Last year, I stressed myself out and this year I just went for PRs.”
Pendleton finished eighth in the discus at state last weekend. She advanced to state in both throwing events last season.
“That told her what was possible,” said Woodmore throws coach Mike Pendleton, the girls’ father. “Instead of being the first in uncharted waters, she’s been with them and seen them do it.”
Coach Pendleton, who threw at Ross, teaches that sometimes you’ll get beat at your best but not to be discouraged in such situations.
Pendleton established a personal best in the discus at 142-10 to advance to regionals with a district title this season. Her personal record in the shot put came at regionals as she executed her best series ever and narrowly missed qualifying to state in fifth at 37-1.75.
“This year is completely different,” Coach Pendleton said. “The whole level of throws has made a jump.”
Pendleton increased her commitment to weight training.
“We saw that in the shot and the discus keeps getting better,” Coach Pendleton said. “Once she made the decision about college, the stress is gone. All the kids went through that with college.”
Pendleton first got her own designs on throwing after high school when she was in middle school and her sisters were blowing up. Aquinas made her destination an easy choice.
“I decided to be good and push myself,” she said. “I really liked the campus. I hadn’t found the place – I told myself that when I’d go there it would click and it did at Aquinas. I love it.”
Pendleton was unbeaten in the discus this season until state. She was around 120 feet last year and often close to 140 this season.
“We threw her to the wolves a little and she won,” Coach Pendleton said of some difficult fields.
Coach Pendleton has learned to incorporate what he’s gleaned from the progression of Pendleton training partners at Woodmore into each girl’s routine. He knows they are different and circumstances change, which is why he had Pendleton cut her warmup throws from four to three to conserve energy in the shot put at regionals.
“My dad would have been a coach but he wouldn’t have known as much as he does were it not for them,” Pendleton said.
Gender be damned, throwing is officially a Pendleton sport.
“For a 145-pounder, she’s throwing very well,” said Coach Pendleton, who must know you’re never supposed to reveal a woman’s weight.