Over the last decade, the Methuen track program has established a tradition for developing outstanding shot putters and, with senior Sam Weeks, that tradition remains in place.
With a best throw of 50-5 1/2 last spring, Weeks enters the year as one of the top throwers in the region and, with a throw of over 49 feet in his first meet and two first places in his first two meets, he’s on his way to a banner season.
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Weeks, who was an Eagle-Tribune All-Star lineman in football, has ambitious goals for both the indoor and outdoor seasons and may want to play two sports in college.
With school vacation upon us, we had no trouble contacting Weeks to go Around the Horn.
When did you start throwing the shot and why?
“I didn’t start throwing until I was a sophomore. A friend of mine, Richard Aziz, talked me into it. I’m glad he did.”
“What does it take to be successful in the shot put?
“It takes a lot of time practicing technique and strength building. I lift every day, usually with my coach, Tom Tone.”
Which is more important?
“I think the lifting helps a lot but it’s more about technique.”
When did you start throwing the discus and how do you compare it to the shot?
“I started that as a sophomore, too. There’s a lot more technique involved ... I like the shot better.”
Throwers often are off by their own and aren’t noticed much at track meets. Do you like this or wish you were more in the spotlight?
“I like being isolated because there’s not as much pressure. But it’d be nice sometimes to have the crowd appreciate your talents.”
Does emotion help you in the shot put, or is it a hindrance?