JOHN KOVACH | Colleges Yaniglos waits while working with weights
NORTH CANTON -- Marty Yaniglos of Hubbard is aiming to take his track career as a weight thrower to a new level, after completing his four-year intercollegiate eligibility at Walsh University with honors.
Named Walsh University Male Athlete of the Year for 2000-2001 after gaining All-American honors in the hammer throw, Yaniglos has set his sights on making the U.S. Olympic team.
"I am hoping to go to the Olympic Trials in four years. It will take me about seven or eight years to make a run at the Olympics," said Yaniglos, who gained All-American honors in the 16-pound hammer throw this year at the NAIA National Track and Field Championships with a fourth-place throw of 166 feet, 7 inches.
"I need 215 [feet] to qualify [for the U.S. Olympic team] in the hammer. Unofficially, I've thrown 205."
Won AMC title: Yaniglos, who still has one year of college remaining, qualified nationally in the hammer for the second straight year by winning the American Mideast Conference championship with a personal-best 168 feet.
Last year, he failed to place in the national hammer.
Also this year, he qualified for the NAIA national indoor meet in March in the 35-pound weight throw, placing seventh with a throw of 52-2 3/4. But he had a 58-3 in the Mount Union Invitational.
Yaniglos' goal in the 35-pound weight throw is to qualify for national open competition, which is held every year, because this event is not part of the Olympics.
"Officially, I have 5 feet to add [to qualify for the national], but unofficially 2. I have thrown 62 in practice. I figure it will take 64 feet to qualify for the national," he explained.
Will train, coach: So while Yaniglos completes his final year of school majoring in education and comprehensive social studies, he will continue training while also serving as Walsh's weights coach for men and women under coach Dan McCallion.
"I am still training and still throwing in open [USA Track and Field Association] competition. Our meets don't start until November," said Yaniglos, who has about a 3.0 grade-point average, and plans to do his student teaching next spring. "I plan on getting into as many meets as I can."
Regarding his coaching job, "Right now it is temporary but it could be permanent," said Yaniglos, noting that he never had a weights coach at Walsh.
"I trained with Judd Logan off-and-on. He is a four-time Olympian. He coaches weights at Ashland University. I would work out with him at Walsh, and other times drive to Ashland to work out."
Speed, control: Yaniglos said he needs to find a way to increase his turning speed inside of the circle for both the hammer and 35-pound weight events without crossing the line and fouling. He needs to maximize his speed while controlling his momentum as he whirls the chain-and-weight around and releases it.
"[I'm] just practicing speed in the turn to get around faster. I'm strong enough right now. I don't have to worry about strength," said Yaniglos, noting that lately he has been reducing his speed to avoid fouling.
He said that in the hammer, "I had to back off my speed and I had to subtract a turn to two turns because I normally go with three [but] I have to be able to get the speed without fouling. [I] just have to refine it right now. I know what I have to do."
Yaniglos also competed in the shot put and discus at Walsh, but never made it to the national in either event. His best throws were 46-0 and 140-0, respectively.
Football, too: The son of Gina and Martin Yaniglos, Marty also played football for three years at Walsh, but his career was hampered by an injury.
While at Hubbard, Yaniglos was on the track team for three years under coach Missy Marshall Mudrik, and also performed for the football and swimming squads. But he said he owes his interest in the hammer throw to assistant principal Eugene Kelly.
"He threw the hammer in college, so he got me interested in it. He took me out a couple of times to practice and showed me some of the basics, and I began to like it," said Yaniglos.
Katherine Drap, a senior on the Walsh women's cross country and track team this past season from North Olmsted High, was named Walsh University Female Athlete of the Year for 2000-2001.