Some people are late bloomers. For Jeremy Postin, he may be on the verge of coming into his own.
“I’m getting better each year, but I’m trying to take it one step at a time,” he said.
This past school year was quite something for the former Andover High School track star.
For starters, He was the Southeastern Conference champion in both the weight throw (indoors) and the hammer throw (outdoors).
With an eighth-place finish in the weight throw and a runner-up finish in the hammer, Postin helped lead the Florida Gators to a sweep of the NCAA indoor and outdoor track and field championships.
Then in mid-June, Postin competed in the hammer at his first-ever Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. With a toss of 67.51 meters (221 feet 6 inches) good for 14th, Postin was the highest finishing collegian.
Calling the Trials “a good experience,” he felt the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship earlier in the month was tougher.
“I wasn’t really nervous (at the Trials),” Postin said. “It was a big meet, but the NCAA has a lot more pressure because of team points.”
A redshirt senior this fall at Florida, Postin said he could have thrown better (at the Trials) but wasn’t really too upset with his performance.
“I didn’t have any expectations at trials,” he said. “I just went in there thinking of throwing against some good people.”
A 2008 graduate of AHS, Postin said he wasn’t that great at throwing in high school. Yet he was good enough to win the shot put and finish fourth in discus at the Class 4A state meet as a senior. He still holds the school record for the shot at 55 feet 2 inches.
“I didn’t have too many offers out of high school for track,” Postin said. “They (Florida) game me a chance – kind of like walking on – with a small scholarship.”
It was at Florida he started throwing the hammer. It turned out that event is better suited for his size (6-0, 240) and musculature. In the weight room, Postin does better with the clean and squat and snatch. Those are all important to a hammer thrower.
“The hammer is much different. It’s more of a pulling event than a pushing event, like shot and discus,” he said. “I use different muscles, and it’s much easier. I was more built for hammer than any other event.”
As a freshman redshirt, Postin’s best hammer toss was 56 meters. The next year he broke the school record for the first time with a throw of 60 meters. He has upped his own record each year since. It now stands at 70.73 meters, which he sat at the 2012 Drake Relays.
Page 2 of 2 - He also owns the school records in the weight throw (21.60 meters), discus (40.31) and shot put (14.99). All but the shot were set during the past school year.
Majoring in event management, Postin has desires to coach someday. Right now, his entire family is now in Gainesville, Fla., home of the Gators. His parents, Jody and Jane Postin, moved here when he started college. Jeremy’s older brother Josh, who owns the AHS school record in the discus, attends the Florida University medical school.
At the Olympic Trials, Postin began to learn what he needed to do to compete at a higher level.
“I had a chance to throw against the best people in the country,” he said. “That was the whole point for this year, not trying to make the Olympics.”
As a thrower, Postin believes he can physically compete for another 10-15 years. Many throwers don’t start to peak until their mid-30s.
Look for Postin to be at the trials again in four years, probably with a slightly different mental approach. Until then, he has other goals.
“I’m going to worry about college right now; the NCAAs and winning another national championship,” he said. “I’ll worry about trials and world championships once I graduate.”