The NCAA T&F Division I Championships and the New Balance High School T&F Championships were held this past weekend. Here are the results:
Emerging Elite Division:
- Dan Feidler of Manalapn HS finished 4th
- Brendan Loftus of Red Bank Regional Fouled out (he had some very impressive fouls)
- Nick Morse of Christian Brothers Academy Fouled out (he also had some impressive fouls)
All in all the Emerging Elite was ok. Dan did well and had a bigger foul throw so we know he has more in the tank! Brendan dropped bombs but couldn’t hold them in. A correction on his competition approach will have to be worked on. Brendan likes to get amped up which, yes, you need to be excited when throwing but you also need to be patient and let the technique work. He is still ranked the NJ #1 Junior! We have much more to accomplish! Nick Morse threw well but just couldn’t hold them in. He showed that his technique is coming together but it’s not quit there! He is ranked #2 Junior behind Brendan.
Emma Vasen of Ocean Twp. HS demonstrated why she is so damn good! She threw 45ft to tie for 6th place but the tie went to the other athlete because she had a better second mark. Emma finished 7th. On her last attempt she unleashed a MONSTER throw of 48+ft but couldn’t hold it. If she would have saved that throw then she would have won! Emma now moves onto Softball. She is about a dozen home-runs off the NJ Career State Record! She plans on competing in the shot put as an unattached athlete to stay on top of her technique and to compete at the New Balance Outdoor T&F Championships in June.
Division I NCAA Championships:
Andrew Liskowitz, formally of CBA, is now a sophomore at The University of Michigan. Andrew went into the competition ranked 16th and finished 14th. It wasn’t the performance he was looking. This is his second showing at the NCAA Championships. The more experience the better the results!
Now we move onto outdoors!
This past weekend Penn State University hosted the Big 10 Track & Field Outdoor Championships. Freshman at Michigan University Andrew Liskowitz, a former CBA student-athlete aka STUDLETE, went on to perform a life-time best of 19.15m (62.10ft). This distance was good enough to edge out his older teammate and places Andrew as the top freshman in the NCAA!
How did Andrew get here?
LETS GO BACK!
6 years ago I met Andrew. We met maybe once a month. He had length in his standing throw a patience in his glide. He was probably a 31 footer at this time. Even though he showed great promise to be a good thrower, he almost got cut from his team. Andrew attended the POWER HOUSE CBA in Lincroft NJ, known for their runners. The throwing coach Andrew Cusick envisioned a power house in the throws. So, he put the pressure on the kids. This urgency to get better bloomed Liskowitz into a 51 foot glider his junior year. Then he converted to the spin and it took a life of it’s own. I remember telling the kids “if you want to get better you have to throw on your own… You can’t depend on me or your coach… GET YOUR THROWS IN!” Andrew at some point sent me a text and video of him throwing in his driveway. THE SHOT PUT HAS HIM NOW! He wants to get better, he is trying on his own! YES! He has now caught the bug! Andrew’s technique started to bloom into it’s own thing. I gave basic ques and reinforced a program that would allow him to peak at the right time. Andrews spin became his own. I constantly had kids and coaches asking me what we did, “his technique is beautiful.” Well, that was all him. He took interest, found what made him throw consistently and BOOM a big teenage body moved like a ballerina!
Andrew walked on at the University of Michigan and had to pay his do’s. He competed at Junior Nationals out in California last summer as a red-shirt freshman. Now Andrew being able to compete for his school locked in some monster points at conference! He still has NCAA Regions in two weeks where they will narrow down the field for the actual NCAA Championships held in TRACK TOWN USA, Eugene, Oregon! NCAA CHAMPS LINK. No matter what happens Andrew has three more years of eligibility under coach Jerry Clayton, which will bring him right to the 2020 Olympic Trials! I wonder, how many shot putters from New Jersey will there be competing in the top 24 at the Olympic Trials in three years!?!?!?! hmmmm!
Watch Andrew’s throw here
Well, it’s here! The New Balance Track & Field Nationals will be contested this weekend in the Big Apple at the New York City Armory. We are excited to to say that five of our Critical Mass Athletes will be present for the competition.
Friday evening is the Emerging Elite division in the shot put. Alden Littlefield, Emma Vasen and Dan Mead compete early on Friday among some of the best throwers in the United States. Saturday is the Elite division of the New Balance Nationals where Andrew Huisman and Jack Zimmerman will be competing for a spot in the finals. The competition will be packed with throwers from all over the country including Jordan Geist who is only 4 inches away from breaking the high school national record. Along with Jordan, Alyssa Wilson of New Jersey who is currently the National Record holder, will be competing. I’m very excited to see her drop a bomb! That’s what we call it when someone throws far!!!
If you want to read more on the event go to : New Balance T&F Nationals