Competitive season continues
Next clinic: August 2017 in Sioux Falls S.D.
The first Project Javelin Gold clinic for the 2017-18 season has been announced and it will be a special one. The clinic will take place at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls, South Dakota from August 10-13, 2017, and will be a joint clinic with the NSAF's Project Triple Jump. There will be some new features for this clinic that will exceed what we've done in the past and make it extra beneficial to all participants.
Sioux Falls Clinic ENTRY INFORMATION
The clinic is open to all athletes, coaches and interested parties. The entry fee for the full weekend is $175 (with a 20% discount to groups of 5 or more). To get the group discount, you must register as a group. To register, go HERE.
We are also offering Saturday-only (Aug. 12) registration for a fee of $75. To register for Saturday-only, go HERE.
Sioux Falls Clinic HOTEL INFORMATION
Sioux Falls Airport Fairfield Inn & Suites
4035 North Bobhalla Drive
Sioux Falls, SD 57107
Triple Jump/Javelin Clinic Block (parents and other participants, coaches, spectators)
129.00 USD per night
Start date: 8/10/17
End date: 8/13/17
Last day to book: 7/27/17
Book your group rate for Triple Jump/Javelin Clinic Block.
Sioux Falls Clinic DIRECTIONS and MAP
Sioux Falls Clinic SCHEDULE of EVENTS
(subject to change)
Thursday, Aug. 10
7pm-9pm -- Meeting with coaching staff: Jeff Gorski, Tom Putskys, Duncan Atwood, Barry Krammes and Kim Hamilton.
Friday, Aug. 11
10am-noon -- Training Session
noon-2pm -- Lunch
2pm-4pm -- Training session
7pm-9pm -- Video review/discussion
Saturday, Aug. 12
10am-noon -- Training session
noon-2pm -- Lunch
2pm-4pm -- Training session
4pm-6pm -- Sports Psychology Session with Dr. Margaret Ottley
Sunday, Aug. 13
10am-noon -- Training session
Noon -- Camp ends
Jeff Gorski: Founder, with the NSAF, of Project Javelin Gold, as well as former USATF Javelin High Performance chair, founder of Klub Keihas and his own "Field of Dreams." Also coach of many elite throwers and U.S. record holders (including Pukstys and Krammes), both in high school and elite levels, and a 2-time USATF finalist, 1981 U.S. National Team member and 3-time All-ACC performer at UNC.
Tom Pukstys: Two-time Olympic finalist (1992, 1996), 6-time U.S. champion, former American record-holder and represented Team USA in six consecutive IAAF World Championships.
Duncan Atwood: Two-time Olympian (1980, finalist in 1984), 2-time Pan American Games champion (1979, 1987), 1987 World Championships finalist and former American record-holder.
Barry Krammes: Recently retired elite thrower, 2x U.S. Olympic Trials finalist (6th in 2008), and high school coach at East Stroudsburg South.
Kim Hamilton: NCAA All American and 2-time US Olympic Trials finalist.
Dr. Margaret Ottley: Full professor of sport & exercise psychology and exercises science at West Chester University (WCU), PA. Dr. Ottley is a Certiﬁed Sport Psychology Consultant with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). She is the founder of SANKO-FA HP (HyPower Performance) LLC, Sport & Performance Psychology. Her major accomplishments as a sport psychology consultant were serving two countries at three Olympic Games - London 2012 and Athens 2004 with Trinidad & Tobago Olympic Committee and the Beijing Olympics 2008 with USA Track & Field (USATF). She was the keynote speaker at USATF's Elite Athletes Retreat 2015 which focused on athletes' preparation for Rio Olympics 2016.
2017 SEASON UPDATE
Meanwhile, the 2016-17 season for the NSAF's Project Javelin Gold -- the 6th since the inception of the program in 2011 -- has been a great one so far. We've had outstanding clinics at East Stroudsburg (Oct. '16) and Baton Rouge (Jan. '17) and now the competitive season is underway for our current athletes: Liam Christensen, Roman Mitchell, Meghan Owens, Ty Hampton, Lillian Hill, Skylar Ciccolini, Gavin Darcy, Joe Nizich and Zechariah Blake.
Six of our athletes have already hit PRs this year and the state meet season has begun for those for whom the javelin is a state association event. On April 26-28, five of our athletes competed in the Penn Relays, with Liam defending his 2016 title on the boys' side and Meghan and Skylar placing 3-4 with PR or near-PR efforts on the girls' side.
Soon it will be on to the post-season: New Balance Nationals Outdoor, USATF Youth and Junior competitions, USATF and AAU Junior Olympics and -- of course -- the 3rd annual American JavFest in East Stroudsburg on July 7-9.
The ongoing goal of this project is to identify emerging elite youth and junior javelin talent and provide them with the best technical and training methods available, and to maximize their development to international level throwers in order represent the United States in Olympic/World Championship events.
State-of-the-art coaching and training instruction is available to any coaches and athletes who attend the camps, in addition to the selected and sponsored throwers in this program. In a first-of-its-kind program in the U.S., Project Javelin Gold brings the top U.S. and Finnish javelin coaches together to provide a level of understanding and education about javelin technique and training never before available in the U.S.
The clinic is open to any interested coaches and athletes for observation and interaction with our coaching staff. Coaches and athletes are encouraged to film, ask questions and generally be involved so they can gain maximum benefit from the Project. More details can be found on “Events” page of the Klub Keihas website as well as this web site.
2015-16 in Review
The 2015-16 campaign was again an outstanding one for the Project Javelin Gold. We trained in the fall at East Stroudsburg, during the winter for the first time at LSU in Baton Rouge, then in late June and early July in Finland -- returning to the Pihtipudas Javelin Carnival for the first time since 2013 and also training in Kuortane.
Here is a list of some of the top achievements for our throwers this past season:
Katelyn Gochenour and Liam Christensen swept the NBNO javelin titles, Kate with a meet record and US#2 171-1 and Liam with a nation-leading 232-1. Kate's victory was the 3rd straight at NBNO by a Project Class of '16 girls' thrower as she followed Tairyn Montgomery ('14) and Sophia Rivera ('15), while Liam's was the first on the boy's side. Also, Emma Fitzgerald (148-1) and Meghan Owens (135-2) were 4th and 7th for girls, while Roman Mitchell (196-4) and Grayson Hill (185-9) were 7th and 17th for boys.
Kate and Emma went 1-2 at the USATF Junior Nationals, throwing 163-10 and 160-0, and qualifying for Team USA to compete in the IAAF World U20 Championships in Poland. At Worlds, they finished 32nd and 34th, respectively, in qualifying with distances of 155-11 and 151-10.
Sophia led the nation for 2016 with a throw of 180-4 -- #3 all-time HS. Unfortunately, she was unable to compete beyond her state meet, due to injury, after a 2015 that included NBNO, Penn Relays, Great Southwest, Kansas Relays and World Youth Trials victories.
Kate, Liam, Emma, Morgan, Tairyn and Morgan Bower trained with the Project on its summer trip to Finland and competed in the Pihtipudas Javelin Carnival. Top finishes: Kate 1st (159-5), Emma 3rd (155-9) and Tairyn 5th (142-11) in Under 19 girls; Roman 11th in U-17 boys (187-8), and Liam 8th in Elite Men 'B' (197-8).
Liam and Roman won USATF JO national titles to close out their seasons, Liam at 211-3 in 17-18s and Roman a big PR and meet record 206-4 in 15-16s.
Fitzgerald had a spectacular summer in the heptathlon, with a near-PR in the javelin fueling an 8th-place finish at the World U20s. Her 166-1 throw lifted her from 17th to 8th on the 2nd day and she finished with 5,577 points, just one point shy of the U.S. prep national record. Earlier, she won the NBNO (5,464) and USATF Junior (5,451) hepts, setting a meet record in Greensboro.
NOTE TO COLLEGIATE COACHES
We welcome all NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA College coaches to attend our clinics.