First 2016-17 Clinic: East Stroudsburg, PA - Sept. 22-25, 2016
(8/25/16 Update, weekend schedule added)
The NSAF's Project Javelin Gold will start its 6th year by hosting the first clinic of the 2016-17 season in East Stroudsburg, PA, on Sept. 22-25, 2016. This will be our 3rd clinic in this location, where we've also hosted the 2015 and 2016 American JavFests. Tentative plans for the future include returning to Baton Rouge, LA for our winter clinic, possibly in late January, and hosting an expanded 3rd Annual American JavFest in early July in 2017.
You can REGISTER HERE for the Sept. 22-25 clinic! See below (and check back soon) for updated entry, travel, hotel and schedule info, as well as directions to East Stroudsburg U.
The clinics are 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 (Sept. 24) registration for a fee of $75. To register for Saturday-only, go HERE.
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.
Kimmo Kinnunen: 1991 IAAF World Champ from Finland who was also a two-time Olympian (4th in '92) and won silver in '93 World Champs. Has more recently served as Finland's national Junior coach.
Barry Krammes: Recently retired elite thrower, 6th in 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, and high school coach at East Stroudsburg South.
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.
For directions to ESU from a variety of locations, go HERE. Specific campus locations can be found on THIS MAP. Plans are for training to take place on ESU's Rugby Field (#A7 on lower left part of map) and classroom sessions at the Hoeffner Science and Technology Center (#70 on lower center part of map) - ESU CAMPUS LINKS page.
Rooms have been reserved for registrants, familes, etc. at the Staybridge Suites in East Stroudsburg, PA. When calling the hotel or registering online, please reference promo code NSA. Rooms will be guaranteed until Sept. 1. Rates for this event are as follows:
Single: $99 (9/22), $129 (9/23, 9/24)
Double (1 bdrm suite w/2 double beds): $129.99 (9/22), $159.99 (9/23, 9/24)
561 Independence Rd
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
Tel: 570-420-2828 Fax: 570-420-2829
SCHEDULE of EVENTS
7-9pm -- Meeting/comments from coaching staff: Kimmo Kinnunen, Tom Pukstys, Barry Krammes, Jeff Gorski @ hotel meeting room or ESU auditorium
10am-noon -- Training Session @ ESU javelin runway
noon-2pm -- Lunch
2-4pm -- Training session @ ESU javelin runway
7-9pm -- Video review/discussion of morning training @hotel meeting room or ESU auditorium
10am-noon -- Training session, site TBD during camp by coaches
noon-2pm -- Lunch
2-4pm -- Training session, site TBD during camp by coaches
TBD -- Evening activity
10am-noon -- Training session @ ESU javelin runway
Noon -- Camp ends
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.