After I graduated from high school I went to El Camino Community College, but at that time the track was under construction and we did not have a pole vault pit. So I went back to being a thrower. Shot put and discus were my two events, but one day at practice my coach handed me a javelin. I had no idea what a javelin was, I’d only been exposed to it while watching the olympics and I don’t think I even knew what it was called.
So there I was spear in hand, ready to try something new. I thought it was the coolest thing ever, I was going to be throwing a spear for my sport! My coach said I should be pretty good at it because of my background in softball, in which I was a catcher and center fielder. He was right, I ended up being one of the top ranking javelin throwers. Here are the Statistics for my first ever collegiate season…
2016 Outdoor Season El Camino Collegiate Freshman
Place: Mark: Meet/Date:
Shot Put – 4kg
7 9.89m Mar 5 Cal State LA Invitational
17 9.14m Apr 2 Arnie Robinson Invitational
Javelin – 600g
5 32.93m Mar 4 Cal State LA Invitational
1 33.34m Mar 19 UC Irvine Spring Break Invitational
1 39.33m Apr 2 Arnie Robinson Invitational
1 43.58m May 14 Southern California Championships
2 41.44m May 21 CCCAA State Track and Field Championships 2016
I had found something that was both an individual sport as well as a team sport; so that meant I really only had to worry about how I preformed, but I could also cheer on my teammates. Plus, it’s pretty cool telling people that I throw a spear.