March 25, 2013
Once again this season, GoHuskies.com will check in from time to time with the captains of the different event groups on the Husky track and field team. The leaders of the sprinters, distance runners, jumpers, and throwers will update fans on practice progress, recent highlights and upcoming meets. In their first update of the year, throwers Joe Zimmerman and Jordin Seekins talk about the progress of the young throws group.
Joe Zimmerman, Senior, Javelin
The preparation for this outdoor season has been exciting and the group has shown a lot of potential. Everyone's been very anxious to open up, especially the Jav squad who have yet to compete this season, and Rob Henderson our newly acquired teammate that had to sit out during indoors due to certain regulations on transfers. Rob is a very needed new addition to our throws squad, with great promise in both discus and hammer, both events in which we graduated all our throwers.
Kyle White, Carson Fuller, and Jack Scheideman are also new to the squad. Jack, sadly, will be redshirting this outdoor season due to a bone chip issue that has been bothering him, and will require surgery. He already had an impressive indoor season, and was improving everyday, so his presence will be greatly missed. Kyle is competing this season but hasn't opened up yet. He is one of the most dedicated athletes out there, so it will be exciting to see how that converts in the ring.
The people who have competed are all javelin throwers including Carson, Jimmy Brookman, Quinn Hale, and myself. Our fifth man Curtis Clauson is redshirting this season due to elbow surgery. We all opened up this weekend at the USC invitational and we are thoroughly pleased with the results. On his Husky debut, Carson threw a 5-foot PR, throwing 208 feet and showed tons of potential for more. Jimmy and Quinn threw 219 and 220-feet, respectively. Quinn was right under his PR so it was a great opening mark. Jimmy wasn't quite as close to his PR but he showed tons of power and potential, but had some difficulty directing it. It was still his best opener yet.
For myself, this meet was a great relief. I've been battling some sore elbows issues and was concerned about the possible effect on my throws, but everything worked out. I opened at 238 feet which is my best opener ever by ten feet, and only 6 ft from my PR. Overall, this first meet was a great success, and left us even more excited for this season. Look to see the entire Jav squad besides myself drop some big throw this weekend at Stanford, and hopefully the long-awaited debut of Robert Henderson.
Jordin Seekins, Senior, Javelin
This year has been a big transition for the majority of our throwers because we have a lot of freshmen who have had to step up and fill the positions of our recently graduated throwers. I'm really excited about having some girls who are willing to work hard in the circle and in the weight room. It's really cool seeing these freshmen getting things down in practice and translating that practice to the meets.
The last indoor meet was really good for all those freshman girls. After watching Jack do well at that last chance meet, I think that gave them good momentum to get PR's of their own. I was really excited to see Bev (Coleman) and Alyx (Toeaina) get those PR's in shot to end indoor on a high note. As for Hannah (Sherrill), Jesse (Havens), and Carolyn (Gravelle) I could tell that they were itching to get outdoors and throw hammer and disc.
I've been watching Hannah get some really good throws in at practice in the disc and I'm really excited to see what she is about to accomplish this season. I think that she could finish well at Pac-12s. For Carol, she's mainly a hammer girl, so that transition to weight indoors was a little hard for her. I know though that she's ready to get outside and throw hammer. For the freshmen girls I know that this has been a really fast and difficult transition for them and it was hard not having an upper classman in their event groups, but I think that they have handled it well and I expect them to do very good things in the near future.
As for Ally (Mueller) and myself, I think we are both stronger in general and its showing in our practices. Ally has surprised just about everyone in her throws practices. We don't say it out loud but her and I kind of get competitive with each other in throws practices and I think it's helping us both become mentally and physically prepared and I'm really excited to have her with me on the road for our last season together.