MARQUETTE, Mich. – As she stands in the circle just before her throw, Northern Michigan University weight thrower Krista Squiers is thinking about her throw. But how she ended up in the circle is another story as the former walk-on is one of the NCAA Division II top throwers. Her goals are to place at the national championships and become an All-American.
At the 2009 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships, Squiers just missed making the finals of the weight throw with a 12th-place finish. Her throw in Houston, Texas that day was 53-11.75 which was just off her then school record of 57-0. In fact her first year on the NMU team she was the lone thrower. “I e-mailed coach over the summer, before joining the team, and he was like sure you can join the team, no problem,” said Squiers. “I told him what I did in high school.”
When asked what she does not like about track she said that because she is a thrower she does not like running. “I don’t know if there is anything I really don’t like about track, just the distances that we travel which is a necessity,” said Squiers. “I love throwing the weight.” According to Squiers she enjoys the look on people’s faces when she explains that she throws a 20-pound weight for fun. Often times she comes back with you should try it.
Outside of the competitions, Squiers enjoys the people that she comes in contact with and the places that she goes. She gives much of her credit of her success to Tom Barnes the head track and field coach at NMU and Andy Tysz the throwing coach. She also gives a nod to her teammates.
According to Barnes, Squiers is a very easy person to coach. “She is focus and on-time when she gets here,” said Barnes. “When she comes to practice she is ready to go and focused on her practice.” An added bonus is that Squiers has a good personality and a very good sense of humor.
She sees the track team as one big family. “It is kind of a running joke that if I was not on the track team I would not have any friends,” said Squiers. “It is like having a whole team of sisters. They are always there, it is really nice.”
For the 2009-10 indoor season the senior from Owoso, MIch., was recently named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Women’s Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week for the field events. Squiers was named for her performance at the first meet of the season which was the St. Scholastica Mini Meet. She won the weight throw with a NCAA provisional toss of 58-8.75 (new NMU record), which at the time ranked her third in NCAA Division II. As of Jan. 21, 2010 she is ranked seventh in NCAA Division II.
Her potential this year is very attainable. “We think that she can place in the top five in the country in NCAA Division II,” said Barnes. “We are gearing her to peak when it counts.”
Squiers wants to have good throws during the season, but save the best for last and stand on the podium at the NCAA Division II National Championships in March after a great throw.
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