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January 5, 2013

Fenwick tracksters throwing their weight around

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Senior captain Maggie Lepley of Lynn took second in the 20-point weight throw (35-5) while Pat Corcoran recorded a personal best 56-6 in the 25-pound throw to also place second, and Andrew Carlin was 10th. For Corcoran, who is from Beverly, it was a terrific break through that was three feet farther than his previous best.

“We’re trying to build a culture of throwing,” said Smith. “Most of the events we go to are in Rhode Island where the weight throw is big at Weightarama which is at Brown University, and the New England Weight Throw Championships. Corcoran throws the 25, 35, and 50 pound weights for distance.

“It’s great because you can continue to do this at any age. There’s a weight pentathlon for men that goes up to 300 pound weights, and you see people in their 30’s and 40’s doing it along side people right out of college.”

Smith said the weight throw is not only something college coaches love to see young athletes compete in, but offers challenges for high school kids trying to master the technique.

“The shot that girls throw is 8.8 pounds while the weight throw is 20,” said Smith. “For the boys instead of 12 pounds it’s 25 so they can work on strength, explosive power, and develop coordination. Some people call the weight throw the indoor hammer, but it’s really not the same.

“A beginner can do a standing throw; then you start to add the turns. Some of the best in this event do three or four turns. Corcoran is comfortable at two turns now, but able to do three. At the Holiday Challenge Lepley was a couple of inches off her best, but it was tops for her in competition at a sanctioned meet. She’s just starting to get the hang of it, and should go over 40 feet this year. Corcoran could wind up with the school record.”

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