ANATOMY OF AN AMERICAN RECORD
70 meters in discus is the ULTIMATE barrier.
Doing it at the Ironwood Classic was really special. The venue is probably one of the only facilities in the world dedicated completely to throwing. It is a big open piece of land with a warehouse located towards the back of the property. To me, it is wholesome and magic. When you walk into the warehouse, it is filled with throwing rings, a weight room, and lots of sport-specific equipment. My favorite part is all the walls are covered with memorabilia, photographs, and signage. From Olympic Games posters to signed pictures from previous American throwing legends to high schoolers goal sheets, Ironwood is a place that celebrates the niche sport of throwing in every capacity. I went to the venue in Idaho for the first time in 2017 when I was in my senior year in college after trying to bounce back from a gnarly concussion after wiping out during a throw. I had been struggling to find my groove for the previous 8 weeks and had my worst meet in years the week before. I ended up throwing close to my PR and brought the wind back into my sails. After the completion of the competition this past Saturday, the owner of Ironwood, Bart Templeman, asked if I would sign a discus for them to display inside. It means the world to have something displayed with the many people who have broken barriers in our sport to create the path for success I am able to pursue today.