Ancient Greek Sport Comes to LHHS

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Ancient Greek Sport Comes to LHHS

Photo Credit Samantha Martin

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Samantha Martin, Reporter

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New stadium. New Field. New Events. Yes, the spear, known as a javelin, has been added to the line up of track and field. The Javelin event has finally been added to the spring sports season.

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Taking a deep breath, senior Moritz Struempfel prepares to throw his javelin. This sport, which was just added to LHHS this year, has been around for over 2,000 years. “I try to take every opportunity possible to play a sport.”

Some may think that javelin may be a dangerous sport, but at schools in Germany, this is a well-known sport. Javelin dates back to 708 B.C. and was invented and played in Greece. The object of the game is to throw the javelin as far as possible. In the men’s competition, the javelin is 2.7m long and weighs around 800g, or a little over a pound and a half. On the other hand, the javelin in the women’s competition is 2.2m long and weighs at least 600g, just over a pound.

The javelin must land on its tip to be scored. German foreign exchange student, senior Moritz Struempfel, is happy that this has been added to track and field this year. “I did it in Germany for two years, and because it is a new [sport] in school I thought it would be a good experience,” Struempfel said.

Although there is both a girls and boys javelin team, only boys have tried out for this season. For now, the boys have to share as there are only a few javelins.

“It’s never been done here, and I’ve never done it, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to try something new,” senior thrower Brandon Vega said. This is a sport anyone can try out for no matter what athletic ability they have.

“I like it because if kids are able to throw a ball, they can throw a javelin, so it is a very inclusive sport,” Coach Jim Buffoni said. This new addition to LHHS track and field will hopefully stick around for many seasons to come.