Throwing Deep

Check out "Throwing Deep" a blog by South Portland thrower Daniel Guiliani. Guiliani was the Class A shot put champion outdoors and finished second in the New England Championship a year. Follow his journey to break the state all-time best this winter.

Hey everyone!

Within the past couple of weeks, I've seen and heard of very impressive performances. Kate Hall jumping out to a US #1 LJ and running a US #3 55M? She's just too good. Then other performances like my teammate Cuesta breaking his own SMAA Triple jump record (for the third time) getting out to 44-7, Hany Ramadan from Deering with his 1:14.47 in the 600yd run,fellow thrower from Cheverus Nick White hitting a PR of 52-5, Rusak clearing 14 ft. in the Polevault again? This is a very entertaining year for Maine, with records falling weekly. 

My team is proving to be very strong this winter. We're young and we lost some talented athletes, but we have managed to hold a 7-2 record at week 3, which is fantastic. We get a lot of work done during practice and have a great time doing so in the process! Some of the younger throwers on the team managed to get PR's and I was happy to see them do so, it can be tough to go from a 8lb. shot to a 12lb. But it doesn't seem to bother them! 

I personally had a great day at USM relays. I threw my PR, which is always fun. I can finally say I throw in the high 50's, but it still isn't where I want to be. I've watched my form hundreds of times on video and I finally noticed some key parts to why I haven't thrown 60+ yet, and I'm ready to work on it in practice and hope to see some better results. This week I'll be competing at Dartmouth Relays with my teammate Cuesta. I truly believe this is my shot to get the numbers I'm looking for. Increased competition helps me throw farther, and I'll be looking to break 60 or get very close to it.  From what I hear the environment is beyond fun!

Good luck to everyone that will be competing this weekend!

-Daniel Guiliani