The Rhode Island Class Championships took place on Saturday, with improvements showing up across all the classes. On the girl’s side, state leader Cheyenne Figueroa (Classical, Providence, RI) once again produced a solid mark to win the large class, but it was Annika Kelly (Barrington, RI) who produced the top mark across all leagues with a personal best of 56’11” to win the medium class. Across the boy’s competition, Kyle Moison (Lincoln, RI) improved again in Class B to produce the best mark overall. After breaking 70 feet for the first time last week, he improved again to 70’10”.
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To help start the year off on a right foot, we focused on goals in January. From setting goals to achieving goals, we gathered different perspectives of the topic from our team of coaches throughout the month. All of our new resources are linked below, as well as some additional articles from our archives.
Chandler Hayden (Pittsfield, IL) competed in her first indoor meet of the season on Sunday at the Mizzou HS Series #2. The senior easily won with a throw of 57’2.25″, good enough to place her in the nation’s top three this season and just one foot shy of her personal best from 2018. Samantha Kunza (Timberland, Wentzville, MO), the nation’s top returner in the hammer throw, also made her season debut in second place, while Jordan Johnson (Quincy, IL) broke 60 feet for the first time to win the boy’s competition.
Vern is entering his 50th year as a coach. On this episode he looks back at how his coaching has evolved. More specifically, he looks at when he started asking different questions during different stages of his career and how that helped him improve his coaching.
Monique Hardy (Webster Thomas, Webster, NY) powered into the national lead at a meet in upstate New York on Saturday. The junior added more than three feet to win the Trent Jackson/Cedric Walker Invite. Natalia Surdej (Lancaster, NY), also among the nation’s top five, improved her personal best in the competition but still sat seven feet back. Her teammate Andy Pietrantoni (Lancaster, NY) won the boy’s competition with a personal best. Both Hardy and Pietrantoni also broke the meet records.
After the Girls Division Championships earlier in the week, boys from across Rhode Island competed in four division championships on Saturday. After improving his personal best last week, Kyle Moison (Lincoln, RI) once again hit a personal best this weekend and produced the best throw across all divisions to win the Northern Division. State leader Jacob Furland (Classical, Providence, RI) won the Metropolitan Division and Ryan Morel (Bishop Hendricken, Warwick, RI) claimed the Suburban Division. One of the most impressive performances was the dominating win by Brian Neal (Rogers, Newport, RI) in the Southern Division, who surpassed his old personal best on four throws in the competition.
Girls across Rhode Island competed in four division championships on Tuesday and Thursday. Action started on Tuesday with the Bayha and Dwyer division. National leader Cheyenne Figueroa (Classical, Providence, RI) led the way once again in the Bayha Division with another result just under 60 feet. Annika Kelly (Barrington, RI) was near her season’s best for second place, and also had the second best result across all divisions. Elaine Vaz Ramos (Central Falls, RI) captured the Dwyer division. In Thursday’s action, Voski Armenakyan (Toll Gate, Warwick, RI) won a close competition in the Headley division and Marissa Henley (Woonsocket, RI) finished on top in the Sullivan division.
Living in Switzerland means it is hard to avoid the mountains. The more I explore them, the more I am amazed by climbers. Some adventure sports are simply about who has the most courage. Climbing is about who is the most focused on their goals. I have never climbed a mountain or even gone bouldering, […]
Coaches need to reflect and debrief, but translating the theory into practice can be difficult. Xavier Roy recently completed his PhD on the topic and as part of his research he worked hands on with a Canadian football team to see how coaches reflected on training, and what steps they took to implement changes. On this episode of the podcast he joins us to discuss his research and also share thoughts on training for football and current trends both north and south of the border.
Over 150 weight throwers took part in this year’s East Coast Championship meet in Rhode Island. Split into Emerging and Championship sections, Rhode Island’s best were there as well as many from out of state. For the second time over the last month, Cheyenne Figueroa (Classical, Providence, RI) came agonizingly close to breaking the 60 foot barrier. She dominated the girl’s championships division and came up just 0.75″ under 60 feet and only 0.25″ off of her personal best. The boy’s competition featured an upset as Kyle Moison (Lincoln, RI) took down state leader Jacob Furland (Classical, Providence, RI). Moison added a half foot to his best and won by nearly two and a half feet.