Competing at the Next Level: Coy Blair

Coy Blair (2012) Logan  
Purdue (Throws)

o    2012 1st Midwest Meet of Champions Shot 63-11
o    2012 OHSAA D1 State Champion Shot Put 67-7

o    2012 OATCCC D1 Indoor State Champion Shot Put
o    2011 OHSAA D1 State Runner-Up Shot Put

MileSplit: Coy, How has competing in college gone so far?

Coy: Well, thus far I've completed my first college season and it has had its ups and downs.  On the upside, I finished 3rd at the Big Ten Championship as a true freshman with a PR of 18.58m. On the down side, this past indoor season got started a little rough.  I wasn't throwing up to my potential and we just kept training through it.  Then all of a sudden, boom, I went 60' and then kept building.  I ended 21st on the national list and the top 16 go to nationals.  I was very upset about this. This has been the toughest thing to do, staying back as my teammates leave for nationals.
 
MileSplit: What's the hardest part about transitioning to college?

Coy: The hardest part for me has been adjusting to time management of the college life, but once you find the balance between school and track life everything is good.  

MileSplit: How does the training aspect of college differ from high school training?

Coy: I really enjoy training now.  In high school a lot of what I did was individualized, but now I'm part of a stellar team.  My favorite part of training is the competition I get in practice from my teammates, especially Chukwuebuka Enekwechi.  I enjoy going to practice every day and working hard alongside my teammates.  Competing at this level is everything I thought it would be.  It's so much fun and I can't wait for outdoors.

MileSplit: What surprised you about college meets that you weren't aware of beforehand?

Coy: Competing at this level compared to high school is undoubtedly the coolest thing ever.  A lot of the guys I threw against and looked to for advice are the people I throw against now.   Ohio has always had a big network of throwers all over the nation and this makes it fun because I always know someone I'm competing against.