Jonathan Rathjen is thrower at heart.
The Prince George Track and Field Club member has never been one for running and when his older brother took up track it was the perfect opportunity for Rathjen to pick up a skill.
“My brother, Matt, started track and then my parents started taking to Tom [Masich] and he said there were a whole bunch of throwing events and the next year I signed up and quit soccer. I’m not a runner. I can’t run at all,” said Rathjen.
Over the weekend Rathjen had a good showing at the Centennial Meet in Kamloops.
He came away with a first place finish in the hammer throw and was second in the shot-put. He was third in the discus throw and javelin throw.
“The hammer is really good for me. I’ve already got the standing throw right I’m just working my spin,” said Rathjen.
“I really like the hammer throw it feels better than the others.”
Rathjen said he’s putting in a lot of time this year on his stances for each throw in order to help him improve in time for the BC Juvenile and Senior Championships which will be held in late June in Abbotsford.
PGTAFC throwing coach Heidi Dunkley said Rathjen had a very good weekend and a good start to his first year as a senior.
“You could see from the start he was going to be a thrower he never took to the running events. Very committed to working on his throw. We practice four days a week. He gets a lot of one on one time and it helps he’s shown a lot of improvement. He’s got potential in all the events in all the throws,” said Dunkley.
In other results from the meet Alyx Treasure, 12, set a meet record in the high jump and had first place finishes in the tripe jump, long jump and 80-metre hurdles.