Athlete of the Week: Aaron Carrithers
April 14, 2011 Leave a comment
by Abby Ferguson
The Transylvania track and field team has had much success individually this year, particularly with the accomplishments of junior Aaron Carrithers, who joined the track and field team just last year.
After a rough first year, Carrithers got in shape and started seeing himself improve in both the javelin and running.
“Despite the medical problems that sidelined him in basketball, he has found a new ‘home’ on this team,” said head coach Jason Moncer. “He has improved by a significant amount in his running events and also the javelin.”
One of his biggest accomplishments has been his success with the javelin. After winning this event in last year’s Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championships with a throw of 54.62 meters, Carrithers came right back this year with a strong start in the team’s first indoor meet at the College of Mount St. Joseph Invitational.
“The javelin throw went well at the Mount St. Joseph Invitational. Coming back from the conference win last season I was just glad to see I hadn’t lost much muscle memory,” said Carrithers. “It was quite a surprise last season and I hope to keep it up and possibly get to nationals this year if I can tack on a couple more meters.”
The second of Carrithers’ accomplishments this season was being named a National Strength and Conditioning All-American by the National Strength Coaches Association. This award is given to those who show dedication in both strength training and conditioning. Academics and personal accomplishments, along with their integrity as student-athletes, are also taken into consideration.
Carrithers considers this achievement to be a “great honor” because of the hardships he has faced.
“My freshman year I suffered my fifth knee surgery and the doctors told me that it would be best if I never participated in collegiate athletics ever again,” said Carrithers. “After looking back on those times it makes me so honored that (they) would recognize me for this award.”
Carrithers wants to see himself improve this season by scoring more points than last year and hopes Transy can top a few teams at the upcoming conference meet April 29-30.
Carrithers also realizes his role on the team and aims to fulfill it in the best way he can.
“My role this year is to take on as many events as I can every meet and to muster up a few points here and there, especially in our relay teams, which tend to do fairly well,” said Carrithers.
“Aaron is an extremely hard worker and the type of student-athlete who leads by example,” said Moncer. “He expects the best out of himself and his team every time we are out there to compete.”