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Student-athletes find the right balance to excel in the classroom – The Depaulia

Shot put athletes spend hours every week training to compete at each meet and conference. They warm up, lift, run and throw to prepare for their events in hope of placing. They need to be mentally and physically tough to make it onto the podium and win a medal.

At DePaul, shot put athletes on the track and field team had a very successful season. Many of the throwers found places on the podiums at their meets and won several silver and gold medals. The athletes and coaches worked together all season to meet goals, improve their performance and come together as a team.

With the team’s recent success at the Big East Track and Field Outdoor Championship on May 13-14, where shot put athletes freshman Casey Mulvey and junior Jason Montano brought home silver and gold medals, respectively, they talked about their goals and how it feels to do well for their team.

Montano, a shot put and discus thrower, said that his indoor season this year wasn’t what he expected, but he came back after an injury and won a gold medal at conference. Montano set big long-term goals for himself and has worked on achieving them.

He suffered an injury during the third week of outdoor track and field season. This put him out for over a month, and he was unable to train and compete with his team. After this injury, he knew he had to come back and do his best to prove to himself and others that he could reach his goals.

“I think one of my goals is that I want to be an 18-plus meter shot putter next year,” Montano said. “The other goal I have is that I want to try to score in discus. My two long-term goals I have [are] to graduate and go to the Olympics in 2024.”

Montano said that he was able to learn from his other teammates to ensure everyone was achieving their aims. His teammates taught him to hold his other teammates accountable to their goals. If they say they want to do something, everyone makes sure they achieve it.

Montano recently won a gold medal during the conference competition. If it weren’t for his teammates, he said he wouldn’t have done as well as he did. Montano set his personal goals high and received first place and a gold medal during the conference the weekend of May 13. He threw 16.57 meters, or 54 feet and 4.5 inches.

“On that last throw, if I didn’t have my crew and everybody there, I wouldn’t have been able to do what I did,” Montano said.

Assistant coach Brandon Murer has worked hard to create his own personal goals and team goals to help his athletes grow. Over his 17 years as a coach, he has changed his approach to goals and goal setting. One of his main goals was to just come together and have fun. He also said that their range goals were important for the team.

“We always have goals — that’s part of being in athletics,” Murer said. “One of the primary cornerstones of success is having goals. This year, I started a couple different things with my athletes. We started to have what I call range goals. What’s the bottom end of you at least being content with the day, and what’s the upper end? What’s that range? In that range is where most performance happens.”

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Source: https://depauliaonline.com/58467/sports/student-athletes-find-the-right-balance-to-excel-in-the-classroom-2/

Shot put athletes spend hours every week training to compete at each meet and conference. They warm up, lift, run and throw to prepare for their events in hope of placing. They need to be mentally and physically tough to make it onto the podium and win a medal.

At DePaul, shot put athletes on the track and field team had a very successful season. Many of the throwers found places on the podiums at their meets and won several silver and gold medals. The athletes and coaches worked together all season to meet goals, improve their performance and come together as a team.

With the team’s recent success at the Big East Track and Field Outdoor Championship on May 13-14, where sh…….

Shot put athletes spend hours every week training to compete at each meet and conference. They warm up, lift, run and throw to prepare for their events in hope of placing. They need to be mentally and physically tough to make it onto the podium and win a medal.

At DePaul, shot put athletes on the track and field team had a very successful season. Many of the throwers found places on the podiums at their meets and won several silver and gold medals. The athletes and coaches worked together all season to meet goals, improve their performance and come together as a team.

With the team’s recent success at the Big East Track and Field Outdoor Championship on May 13-14, where sh…….

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