Entries by Martin Bingisser

The Season is Underway

I’ve had my first few competitions of the season this month. With the start of the season has come a lot of excitement and a lot of frustration. To start off, I traveled to competed at the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Arizona and the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, California. Entering those meets, I was in great shape and ready throw far. Really far. I was coming off of personal bests in training with the heavy 9-kilogram and 10-kilogram hammers. But when the meet day came around, I ran into foul trouble. All the training with the heavy hammers had affected my rhythm with the 7.26-kilogram (16-pound) hammer. I tossed all of my attempts out of the sector at the Sun Angel Classic and only managed to keep a few easy throws in at Mt. SAC. While the fouls were far, they didn’t count and left me scratching my head and wondering “what if”.

Introducing the Evergreen Athletic Fund

Combine a slowing economy and a post-Olympic year and you have a recipe for struggling amateur athletes. Nike, adidas, and other shoe companies have been the traditional financial backers of elite track and field athletes. Like nearly every other sector of the economy, shoe companies have had their own share of problems recently, including layoffs. Most track and field athletes will have to wait until 2012 to return to the spotlight. With most contracts up for renewal after Beijing, track and field sponsorships have been a quick and easy way for the companies to trim costs.

Centralia Hammer Meet (WA)

Competing in his first meet ever, sophomore Jon Lawson (Prairie, Vancouver, WA) threw a personal best of 164’5″. Centralia Hammer Meet, Centralia, WA – March 28, 2009 12 pound Hammer 1 Jon Lawson 10 Prairie High School 164′ 5 PR2 Chris Gage 12 Capital H S 129′ 1 3 Kyle White 9 Centralia High 89′ […]

Ohio State Indoor Championships (OH)

The Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches Indoor Track and Field Championships included the weight throw once again this year. After a personal best at last weekend’s Natioanl Scholastic Indoor Championships, Justin Welch (Eastwood, Pemberville, OH) returned to win Division II/III with another personal best of 76’01.00″. Alexis Thomas(Wayne, Huber Heights, OH) had […]

Spring Competition Schedule

Today is the first day of spring and the snow is finally beginning to melt in Kamloops.  We are still training indoors, but plan to start training outdoors again next week.  My throws have been feeling very good this past week, so I am eager to get outside and see how far they are going.  I am also on a new training program that has me throwing heavy hammers again and doing a lot of hammer-specific weight training.  The hope is to get me in good shape before the season starts.  We will be heading down south for a few weeks in April and will start the season at Arizona State’s Sun Angel Classic and the Mt. SAC Relays in Los Angeles.

National Scholastic Indoor Championships (NY)

Another meet, another record for Conor McCullough (Chaminade, West Hills, CA). Fresh off of a national record set on Friday at Nike Indoor nationals, McCullough improved his record by another half foot to 93’03.25″ at the National Scholastic Indoor Championships. McCullough has only competed in three weight throw competitions during his high school career and […]

Nike Indoor Nationals (MA)

Senior Conor McCullough (Chaminade, West Hills, CA) broke his national high school 25# weight throw record of 26.79m (87’10.75”) with a third round throw of 26.81m (87’11.50”) at the 2009 Nike Indoor Nationals at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Roxbury, MA on March 13, 2009. On McCullough’s sixth throw he shattered his […]

Polar Bear Hammer Championships (WA)

The 2009 Polar Bear Hammer Championships lived up to it name with wind, snow, rain, ice, and everything else mother nature could throw at us, but we still pulled the meet off. Junior Olivia Midles (Capital, Olympia, WA) won the girl’s competition at 143’5″. Matt Lloyd (Camas, WA) won the girl’s competition at 160’4″. Polar […]

Weightarama 2009 (RI)

Alec Faldermeyer (Minisink Valley High School, Slate Hill, NY) increased his national leading 25# weight throw standing with a throw of 23.40m (76’09.25”0 at WEIGHTARAMA 2009. Faldermeyer’s second throw of 22.66m (74’04.25”) broke Patrick Onye’s (Classical High School, Providence, RI) meet record of 22.64m (74’03.50”) set at Weightarama 2008 on March 9, 2008 at Brown […]

One Road Leads to Rome

I am lucky enough to have been coached by two Olympic medalists throughout my career: Harold “Hal” Connolly (’56) and Anatoli Bondarchuk (’72). It is interesting to see how many similarities they have in their approach to the sport despite their differences in upbringing (Boston vs. the Soviet Union). First, they are both very resourceful. I have seen Hal at work in his shop developing various makeshift implements to throw onto astroturf fields. Dr. B is well known within our training group for jerry-rigging hammers. If we only have a 6-kilogram hammer and he needs a 6.5-kiogram hammer, he’ll just strap on enough bolts and washers for it to be the desired weight. If we run out of handles, he’ll find some scrap metal and weld his own. His solution isn’t always the safest (I’ve often been thrown to the ground as my hammer breaks), but it allows us to continue with training.