UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania — The Penn State javelin team has been patiently waiting and staying motivated through the indoor season as they wait for the outdoor season to begin. The javelin team was looking forward to competing during the indoor season and are thrilled to finally translate their training into competition. The Nittany Lions began their season at Penn Invite on March 19 in Philadelphia.
“It’s almost like a countdown for us and we’re super excited for our first meeting. It was kind of nice to be low key and just go to Philadelphia, it was just the pitchers for the most part so it’s was a small group, but we were all together and were able to open up together,” madison smith mentioned.
Although a small group of pitchers, the team is a tight-knit group that supports and elevates each other during practices and competition so that the group experiences overall team success.
“The general camaraderie between the women’s team and the pitchers in general is really strong and really motivating. It makes us super excited for the competition and we love to cheer each other on,” Smith said.
For trips, the team usually departs on a weekday and returns on a Sunday, which can turn into a four-day trip. According to Smith, while traveling as a team can be long, it’s fun to hang out with the team and lots of nice people. Now that the season is in full swing for the javelin team, they are looking to achieve the goals they set as a group.
“We’re all looking to improve our top marks and right now we’re really working on technical things in the first two competitions. There are people in our group who are doing remarkably well,” Smith said.
Among the athletes who have achieved personal bests so far this season are freshmen Collin Burkhart, who hit a personal best 68.19 meters at UCF. First-year student Tristan Schmittalso achieved a personal best of 62.58 meters.
“We’re all trying to adapt to some technical changes, to keep getting better marks. Whether you’re first or seventh is not what’s important. If you can make technical changes and see a better distance, that’s really the kind of result we’re getting at this point and when we get to the Big Tens, we’ll be ready to rock,” Smith said.
Now that the 2022 outdoor season is in full swing, the Nittany Lions are striving to achieve their goals and look forward to a successful season.