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Getting double duty

Daily Pilot Athlete of the Week

Newport Harbor's Marty Taylor is hoping to be among the state's best when it comes to the shotput and discus.

March 16, 2013|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
  • Newport Harbor High senior shotput and discus thrower Marty Taylor is the Daily Pilot Athlete of the Week.
Newport Harbor High senior shotput and discus thrower… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

Behind the discus ring, a black construction fence listed six numbers and they had nothing to do with how far Marty Taylor's disc traveled.

He didn't come close to any of those numbers on the fence on Thursday.

The lowest number on the fence was 231. Taylor has never thrown it past 180 feet outdoors, and this day was no different.

The dual meet in which he competed in for Newport Harbor High, and it didn't matter that it was the Battle of the Bay in track and field, was nothing special for him.

"We can't shoot for dual meets, because if you're shooting for every single meet you go to, then you're not going to be where you want to be at the end of the year," said Tony Ciarelli, Taylor's throws coach at Newport Harbor. "You have to sacrifice some things to get those strength levels going. This is the last heavy strength phase we're going to do for the season."

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The serious lifting has left Taylor sore and it affected his throwing form at the meet at Corona del Mar. In this type of meet, all that Ciarelli cared about was Taylor's form.

Those who know Taylor knew he was going to win the discus throw after taking the shotput. He didn't set personal bests in both events as he did five days before the Battle of the Bay.

Ciarelli didn't want him to anyway. If Ciarelli had his way at this meet, officials wouldn't measure the distance for each of Taylor's heaves, but give him a mark on how well his technique looked.

"Put a net up," Ciarelli said. "I don't care how far it goes, just make sure you do everything right [technically], so that when we are ready to throw far, everything clicks like it's supposed to."

Taylor is one of those throwers, Ciarelli said, who needs someone to push him. The senior faced competition prior to the Battle of the Bay and he stood out.

At the Irvine Invitational, Taylor took home the shotput (60 feet 1 inch) and discus (179-10) titles with personal bests in each event. In the shotput, San Clemente's Kelsey Benoit challenged Taylor, and Taylor wound up with not only the state's top mark this year, but the No. 1 in the nation.

Before Taylor recorded his first 60-foot throw of his career, Benoit was ahead of him. On his fourth throw, Taylor said he surpassed Benoit.

There was some added motivation for Taylor, who's 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds.

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