It’s not often that a state record falls in Rhode Island. Having long been the epicenter of youth hammer throw in the US, the boys record dates back 20 years and the girls record of 189’3″ by Kate (Johnston) Itacy was also set back in 2001, the same year senior Annika Kelly (Barrington, RI) was born. On Saturday Kelly finally took the record down at the record at the Mt. Pleasant Invitational. Already at the same meet last year Gianna Rao came within two inches of the state record. Kelly also came within a half foot of the mark on her third and fourth attempts before throwing 190’8″ on her final attempt. The mark was also a new meet record and earned Kelly the most outstanding throws performance of this year’s meet.
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The back and forth competition amongst the top throwers in Rhode Island continued this weekend in the lead up to the state championships. This time sophomore Logan Coles (Woonsocket, RI) claimed the win again, coming within three inches of his best at the 54th Annual Hendricken Invitaitonal.
At the small Twilight Throwers Series on Wednesday evening, Jake Dalton (Andover, MA) broke the Massachusetts state record with a new personal best of 218’3″. That added nearly 10 feet to the record set by Gabriel Arcaro in 2014 at 209’08”.
One big trend in training over the past decade has been the increased use of games. The Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) movement in physical education first started a conversation about strategically used games rather than technical drills to teach skills and tactics. Over the last few years, the use of games for athletic development has also get its moment in the spotlight thanks to social media as coaches realize the concept can apply even more so in the realm of physical preparation.
Look at the top athletes in the world and you’ll notice they come from a variety of backgrounds. Tiger Woods began specializing at a young age, while Roger Federer only specialized as he started to achieve success later. Why did Federer benefit from a generalist childhood vs. a specialization one? Author David Epstein has focused on the topic for his upcoming book Range. He joins the GAINcast this week to talk about what he has found in the research on early specialization in sports, and as well as in other aspects of life.
After the Division Championships earlier this month, throwers in Rhode Island moved on to the Class Championships this weekend. Erynn Field (North Kingstown, RI) was one of the standouts of the meet. Her 13 foot personal best on her last throw in the Class A competition was the best mark across all divisions and moves her amongst the nations top 5 throwers. Jacob Furland (Classical, Providence, RI) also took the Class B title and the top overall mark of the day.
For many kids, their introduction to sport and physical activity comes through the school. This can be either a good or a bad thing. A good experience can set them up for a lifetime of athletic achievement and physical activity. A bad experience can turn them away from sport. On this episode of the podcast award winning PE teach Greg Thompson joins us to talk about what makes for good PE, the art of progressing young athletes, using a games-based approach, and thoughts on constraints-led training.
Senior Erynn Field (North Kingstown, RI) was just two feet off of her best en route to a victory at Saturday’s Cumberland Invitational. Close behind was Cheyenne Figueroa (Classical, Providence, RI) who also broke 160 feet in the competition.
Sophomore Logan Coles (Woonsocket, RI) grabbed another win on Saturday with a meet record of 219’0″ at the Sgt. Brian St. Germaine Invitational in Rhode Island.
Internationally, youth throwers compete with a variety of different implements. At Friday’s International Hammer Implement Invitational, throwers from the northeast got a chance to see how they stack up with those hammers.