Hayli Bozarth and Matt Post, both throwers on the track and field team, look to lead the Broncos in their next event at the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, Calif. Both seniors, Bozarth and Post are coming off impressive performances in their last competition, sustaining optimism heading into their next meet.
“I’m really excited because this last week was a huge shock to me because practice wasn’t going so well,” said Post.
Having had a better week of preparation leading up to the meet down in California, Post feels the level of competition that is going to be there will only elevate his game.
“I’m hoping for some big marks this weekend. Oregon has a great hammer thrower in Greg Skipper. Hopefully he can help push me to a new level,” Post said. “I never touch my (personal record) in practice. I have never thrown within five feet of my P.R. in practice. If you can throw five feet of what you can throw in practice, you’re usually in a pretty good place.”
As for Bozarth she is coming off a performance that broke a 23-year-old school record which amazingly wasn’t even a personal best.
“The thing is, it’s not a personal best so that’s the hard thing and it was only by two inches so it’s like ‘yeah I broke the school record but I know there is more left in the tank,’” Bozarth said. Her personal record is 52-9.25 at the NCAA West Preliminary when she was a member of the Iowa State track and field team.
At this point in the season it seems to be all coming to together, whose time is dwindling down as a competitive college thrower. So what’s actually been the difference for Bozarth?
“Technique; getting back into it is just a matter of time it will come,” Bozarth said.
Collectively the team as a whole isn’t going to be competing for any championships this year, so closing out the season strong is going to be a valuable learning experience for the young members of the team.
“As long as everyone can come to the championship and do their best I think we can come out with very good performances overall,” Post said. Bozarth added by saying, “I think it’s just getting some of the young ones in and getting them that experience because down the road two years from now they can come together as a team.”
The Bryan Clay Invitational takes places all day April 18 at Azusa Pacific.