Taylor is a 2015 graduate of St. John Fisher College. She completed her collegiate career finishing 9th at the Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at St. Lawrence University. Taylor graduated a multiple time Empire 8 Champion in the 20lb. Weight Throw and Hammer Throw. She is also a New York State Hammer Champion in the Hammer. In a later blog I'll go into more detail into how Taylor and I started throwing together.
After taking a three month layoff, yesterday marked the first practice Taylor and I had together. I have mentioned it earlier, but I cannot stress it enough that I feel so fortunate to be able to work with Taylor this upcoming 2015-2016 season.
I had Taylor take 24 throws yesterday. 16 throws with the competition hammer and 8 throws with a 5k hammer. From past coaching experiences, I have had athletes hit better positions with the heavier hammer after a little bit of time off. Taylor hit very good technique yesterday when she threw with the 5k hammer. I didn't pay that much attention to her distances with the 5k, but her competition weight throws went pretty far, considering the time off. Of the 16 throws she took with the competition hammer, I estimate that at least 4 throws went over 50m. I consider that a pretty good day, all things considered.
We spent some time discussing our goals for the upcoming season. The reason why I say our goals is because I believe coaching is an important two way relationship. I won't share the distances we talked about, but we are in agreement that those numbers are within reach and attainable.
He is a video of one of Taylor's 50m throws.
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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.