The first year in college is exciting for the normal student, but for a student athlete, it’s exciting in an even more competitive way. For track and field first year Joey Fodor, it’s been a crazy ride. After four meets, Fodor is already ranked 20 in the country for the Javelin throw in Division III college athletics.
According to keeneowls.com Fodor, “continued his strong rookie campaign, winning the javelin throw with a toss of 57.55 meters. As of April 13, that throw was the 20th best in the country.”
The top 20 rankings in each event progress to the NCAA Championships on May 24-26 at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio
Fodor is humbled by his rankings but he says he still, “it not at his personal best quite yet.”
“I am still getting back in my groove since the weather hasn’t been cooperating and now it’s finally nice out. It does feel really good to be ranked so early in my collegiate career though” said Fodor.
Originally from Berlin, New Hampshire, Fodor excelled in field throwing events which is what brought him to Keene State College.
Competing in high school he said he was, “more focused on training himself” because of the number of high school athletes on the team.
“I taught myself for the most part. Our coaches were great but there wasn’t enough time to coach every single one of us everyday because there were 70-80 of us. Now I work with the Keene coaches one-on-one all the time because there’s only a fraction of that” said Fodor.
This is Fodor’s first semester throwing for Keene State, he did not participate in the indoor events earlier this year.
According to Head Coach of Track and Field Tom Pickering, Fodor has, “done the work all year during the off season. He’s prepared well.”
Though Fodor did not compete last semester, he wasn’t done training ether. He was constantly working with the in-season athletes keeping his strength training up.
“The top 20 go to Nationals so as long as he keeps improving and so far he has, matching his best throws in every meet, he’ll be in that ranking” said Pickering.
Fodor will not be competing in the hammer and the discus this year, mainly focusing on javelin in competitions.
Pickering says they’ve “dabbled” in the discus and the shot put, but the main focus for now is javelin.
“In the javelin, he does have the potential to be one of the best throwers in Keene State track and field” said Pickering.
Fodor will compete in the javelin throw at the Springfield Invitational at Springfield College on April 20. Start time is 10 a.m.
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