Salute to Seniors: Ryan Glaser Camden Hills

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Name: Ryan Glaser

Team: Camden Hills High School

When and how did you get into track and field?

Freshman year I started out sprinting and jumping. After a hip injury sophomore year, I couldn't sprint or jump without a lot of pain. So I was forced into throwing, and after losing soccer and basketball, I needed something, and I found throwing and loved it.

Who would you consider your biggest competition over your four years?

Last year's New Englands track meet.

What was your greatest accomplishment?

My greatest accomplishment to me, was my sophomore year, throwing roughly 70 feet in the discus, and after a year of hard work, I came back jr year to throw a PB of 150' which earned me a school record in the discus.

How has track and field impacted your life?

Track has been a huge part in keeping my mental health and well-being in tact, along with forming a passion that I know will last a life time. I'm also beyond exited to be competing for Bates track and field next year.

What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?

My freshman year, going to states for the triple jump was the best feeling ever, although I wasn't exactly competing for points, I made it. So coming back my sophomore year, I wasn't able to triple jump, but I'm a super competitive person and needed something I could obsess over, and then came the discus, which I was terrible at to begin with. But after dealing with reoccurring injuries and many struggles teaching myself technique with no coach, alongside not being able to throw more than once a week during practice due to lacrosse team on the field where discus is, I would go to practice and then throw after most days to put in more work.

How do you prepare for competitions?

A lot of visualization of proper technique, along with certain modifications to how I train leading up to a meet. And once I'm out there, my biggest goal of every meet is to have fun. Not win, or throw a personal best, but simply enjoy the amazing process that is high school track.

What influence has your coach had on your high school career?

I've never had an actual coach for throws, but spending time with the head coaches at Camden has been amazing.

Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of track and field?

Nothing too notable, I love being outside, hiking kayaking, reading, and walking my dog.

What are your college plans?

Bates College, biology.

What are your long-term goals?

Track-wise, throw until I can't anymore.

Who would you like to say thank you to?

Thank you to my coaches and mom!

What advice would you give to younger athletes?

Have fun. Enjoy the process, make friends with your competition, and push yourself to your limits. The biggest thing is that if you have worked as hard as you can at your goals, you can't force any outcomes, this year at the state meet I had a terrible meet, with some of the farthest fouls I've ever had, and all though the number on the sheet is terrible, I know I'm still a very good thrower and no single meet can change that.