The senior captured the District 1 3A title in the javelin throw at the District 1 boys track & field championships May 22 at Coatesville High School, with a mark of 169 feet, 11 inches, which was a personal best by 6 feet. Masterman, who also plays basketball for Harriton, will be throwing the javelin for Davidson College.
Q: Tell us a little about your javelin training during this past COVID pandemic year, the biggest challenges you faced as a javelin thrower during that period, and how you dealt with those challenges.
A: My training consisted of weight lifting and throwing practice at home. I bought my own javelin so I could practice throwing at my house, which was very beneficial, I believe. Eventually, I couldn’t throw at my house anymore because my backyard was too small, so I went to the school to throw. I think the biggest challenge I faced was not having an actual coach during the summer and the quarantine to tell me what I was doing wrong. I watched a lot of Youtube videos of coaches and professional throwers and learned from them.
Q: What is your strongest memory of the District 1 3A boys’ track & field championship?
A: My strongest memory was definitely my throw of 168′. While it was not my winning throw, I was in fourth place I believe before it. Not only was it a PR, but that throw put me in first place for the rest of the meet. I did throw 169′ 11″ after that, securing my victory.
Q: Tell us a little about your start in throwing the javelin. Who have been your biggest javelin mentors, and what was the most important thing each of them taught you?
A: I started throwing as a way to cross train for basketball, which was my main sport. My biggest javelin mentors have to be my coaches, Coach Smith and Coach Oden. They have taught me virtually everything I know so my success is definitely attributed to them.
Q: Tell us a little about your pre-meet preparation the day of a track & field meet.
A: My pre-meet preparation consists of a good breakfast, lots and lots of stretching, a good amount of warm-up throws, and lots of water.
Q: What do you plan to major in at Davidson College?
A: I am currently undecided but I am interested in business/economics.
Fun facts – Nick Masterman
Favorite book: The Great Gatsby.
Favorite TV show: New Girl.
Favorite movie: Fight Club.
Favorite athlete: Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Favorite team: Philadelphia 76ers.
Favorite place to visit: Orcas Island, Wash.
Family members: parents Andrew and Cheryl, sister Zoe, brother Ryan.
(To be selected as Main Line Boys Athlete of the Week, a student-athlete must first be nominated by his coach.)
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