Last night Taylor kicked off her 2015-2016 season with a great opening performance in the 20lb. Weight Throw. Her opener of 16.19m, about a foot short of her career PR. I'm an optimistic coach, and considering the way our practices and "life" treated us the past 10 days or so, this was a great way to get the season started.
A couple of things things we need to focus our energy on moving forward with the 2015-2016 season: 1) smoother transition between turns, and 2) force of release. Strength is not an issue with Taylor. With an emphasis on technique work and pushing the weight to 90 degrees, Taylor will better be able to meet the goals she set forth for herself this season.
I also had the great opportunity to meet Taylor's parents last night. They made the couple hour drive to watch Taylor throw-what a great support system for Taylor to have in her life. It's always nice to see family members at track and field meets. They are not always the most exciting of sporting events, but having people there that care about you sometimes gives a little extra "something" that an athlete may normally not get from competing. I look forward to seeing Mr. and Mrs. Y at other indoor and outdoor meets this season.
Thanks for reading!
Charles Infurna, Ed.D. is the owner of Forza Athletics, a throwing club that supports and mentors high school, collegiate, & post-collegiate throwers. Dr. Infurna currently coaches DIII National Champion Luis Rivera and Savannah Cook.