Olivia Midles (Capital, Olympia, WA) and Zack Richards (Monroe, WA) both took home titles at Washington State High School Hammer Championships on Monday. After placed second the past two season, Richards easily outdistanced the field this year for the win. Midles not only won, but also set a new personal best and Washington State sophomore […]
I just returned from the UW Law School Alumni Dinner where I had the pleasure of dining with D. Wayne Gittinger and his wife Anne. Both have been gracious enough to give me a generous scholarship this year. Without the scholarship, I am not sure I would be able to take time off next year to focus on my training. I just wanted to take a moment to thank them once again.
The Kraychirs had some impressive performances at the USATF-AZ State Championships on Sunday. Trent Kraychir (Twentynine Palms, CA) improved his nation leading mark by nearly ten feet. His new best of 244’08” sets a new California State Record and third best mark all-time. Conor McCullough (Chaminade, West Hills, CA) held the previous state record with […]
Mike Gama (Bishop Hendricken, Warwick, RI) and Meaghan McGovern (North Kingstown, RI) took home titles from this weekend’s Schomp Invitational. McGovern was just inches off of her personal best, and Gama threw a four foot improvement. SCHOMP INVITATIONAL CURTIS CORNER MIDDLE SCHOOL, WAKEFIELD, RI SATURDAY MAY 10, 2008 BOYS’ 12# HAMMER THROW ATHLETE CL SCHOOL […]
Victoria Flowers (Classical, Providence, RI) improved her personal best and set a new meet record at this year’s Hartford Invitational. Flowers’ throw of 179’00” broke the seven-year old meet record previously held by Nicole Allyn and moved Flowers into the all-time top ten. More importantly, it also moved her into first place on this year’s […]
The past few weeks have also been good for my training partners up in Kamloops. Sultana Frizell took second place at the Mt. SAC relays and set a new Canadian record of 69.37m (227-07). At just 23 years old, she has a great career ahead of her. Another good friend, Michael Letterlough, has set two national records in the past two weeks for his native Cayman Islands. On Saturday, Mike extended his personal best of 60.66m (199-00) at the Kamloops Spring Throws Competition. You can view video of that throw here.
After having a great week of training in the Arizona Sun, I competed at the Mt. SAC Relays this past Sunday. Things went well, but not quite as expected. At the end of my last practice before the competition, I fell and hurt my rib. The pain was minimal, but enough to throw off my rhythm. As the winner opened the competition with a world leading mark, I was struggling to make the finals. I luckily ended with a respectable mark of 65.32m (214-04), but am eager to compete at full strength so that I can continue what I think will be a great season. After returning to Seattle, I was happy to find out from my doctor that my rib is only severely bruised, and not broken. The pain should subside in the next three weeks, and in the meantime, I have adjusted my competition schedule for the coming weeks.
As the temperatures climbed to the mid-70s in Seattle yesterday, I started my season at the PLU Invitational. In front of a strong showing of friends and family, I threw 66.47m (218’1″) to place second behind my friend Adam Midles. I was somewhat surprised and very happy with this result. I’ve only had one meet better than this in my career, and that was last year’s NCAA Championships. My mark was also much further than my first competition last season (to see how this compares to last season, you can look at my results). To make things even better, I was very consistent. I had two throws over 216 feet and another two over 214 feet.
I guess all I needed was a fresh start. With a new quarter of school underway, things seems to be going great. I have a great schedule of classes with some strong professors. I also am lucky enough to get some practical experience working as an extern for the IRS Office of Chief Counsel’s Seattle office. The internship has been an informative and exciting experience so far. I have previously worked representing taxpayers, and it is interesting to see how the other side handles each case.
The first big Rhode Island meet of the season took place on Saturday. Mike Gama (Bishop Hendricken, Warwick, RI) started his season with a new personal best of 210’09” to win the boy’s competition and he also walked home with a win in the boy’s 6kg hammer competition. Victoria Flowers (Classical, Providence, RI) was just […]