College Track and Field Winner Talks Javelin

UT Javelin Thrower Lucas Hadden
University of Tennessee track and field team member Lucas Hadden says throwing javelin involves cross-training, conditioning and good technique.  The college senior has been winning meets for the Vols with his expert technique.

Hadden says as a kid he found his father's old javelin in the family garage and asked if he could learn to use it.  His dad threw javelin at Ohio State in his day.  Hadden has spent the summer teaching field events to East Tennessee junior athletes in Knoxville Youth Athletics at the university campus.  The forestry major hails from Vermont.

The objective of the javelin event is distance, and that requires strength.  Hadden says typical training for him involves around two hours of weight training, some running, and around two hours of throwing.
Pick Peach Mango!

I explained to Hadden that for our virtual Stonyfield Frozen Oikos Decathlon event I wanted to learn about the real javelin throw.  He gave this advice to Peach Mango, "Move as quickly and gracefully as possible, keep your right arm back, keep a straight leg, and have powerful crossovers."

Later this week: Hadden shares tips for those of us not in college track shape who want to keep our focus on fitness.

(Thanks to Stonyfield for the fabulous frozen yogurt samples.)