Earlier this month Nick and I made the annual pilgrimage out to Vern Gambetta’s GAIN event in Houston. With leading coaches and specialists from a wide variety of fields, it was a great idea to exchange ideas about training with faculty members like John Pryor, Steve Magness, Bill Knowles, Jimmy Radcliffe, Michael Joyner, Vern Gambetta, and more. On this episode of the podcast we discuss the highlights and take aways from each day of the event.
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Despite a heat wave, the top junior throwers in the US gathered in Sacramento this weekend for the USATF Junior Championships. The junior championships is a unique competition as it is open to all athletes born in 1998 or later, allowing many college freshman to also enter. Junior men also throw the 6-kilogram international implement, which is more than a pound heavier than the standard high school hammer. Despite the added competition, it was a high school thrower that won the women’s competition. Alyssa Wilson (Donovan Catholic, Toms River, NJ) set a season’s best to by the narrowest of margins: one centimeter. Molly Leppelmeier (McComb, OH) added seven feet to her personal best to finish third overall, and the second best high school thrower. Shelby Moran (Sherwood, OR) also improved her best and came within inches of the Oregon state record in fourth place.
In my presentation at GAIN 2017 last week, I went on a tangent to talk about cutlery. Like most people, I’m attracted to sharp and shiny things, but the reason I brought up knives is that the provide a great analogy for exercise selection.
Junior Ian Frost (Mary M. Knight, Elma, WA) extended his personal best and state lead at the most recent Centralia meet on Tuesday. Frost also continues to move up the all-time top 10 throwers in state history. In the girl’s competition Karlee Freeman (Raymond, WA) extended her personal best in both the high school and open competitions. At the end of the day her new best measured 141’07”, more than 10 feet over her old best.
What does it take to reach peak performance in sport or in life? The new book Peak Performance by Steve Magness and Brad Stulberg attempts to answer this question and on this week’s GAINcast they join us for the first part of an interview on the topic where we discuss the stress-growth formula, productivity strategies […]
The NCAA Championships earlier this month showcased the next generation of throwers with individuals like Maggie Ewen setting an NCAA record and scoring in three events. However the veterans of the American throwing scene are not ready to hand over baton quiet yet. Names like Michelle Carter, Kara Winger, an Gia Smallwood-Lewis will be looking to keep their hold at the top of their respective events as the US Championships kick off on Thursday. For a preview of the men’s action, see the guide we posted yesterday.
The US Championships kick off on Thursday and a change in venue from Eugene to Sacramento means more sun and less rain. Temperatures are expected to reach over 100 degrees, meaning the weather may be as hot as the action. With two Americans chasing the world record in the shot put and close competitions for the World Championships team in every event, it should be an exciting weekend of throwing. Below we break down each men’s event. Check back tomorrow for a look at the women’s action.
After breaking 200 feet for the first time last weekend, Silas Hurst (Santiago Corona, Corona, CA) improved his personal best again last weekend at the California High School Hammer Championships. His best mark of 206’1″ won him his first title. In the girl’s competition Miranda Zinola (Homestead, Cupertino, CA) added six feet to her best to secure the win.
While held afer the standard state championships, Connecticut is a rare state where the high school federation officially sanctions a hammer throw state championship. Last week the CIAC Hammer Throw Championships wsa held on Tuesday and Thursday in New Britain with state leaders Christian Sturm (St. Paul Catholic, Bristol, CT) and Brittany Jones (Bloomfield, CT) capturing the titles. Jones was the most impressive in her victory as she came within a foot of her personal best and won the competition by nearl 20 feet.
Evan Hardin (Harrison, Kennesaw, GA) and Makenli Forrest (Woodward Academy, College Park, GA) took home the titles at the Georgia State Hammer Championships held earlier this month.