Lately, Jermaine Anderson has been in a throwing slump.
However, he found that he wasn’t alone heading into the national indoor championships this week.
The Chapel Hill senior found out that some of the other top throwers in the nation are also experiencing some difficulties.
“It helps knowing that you are not the only one going through some tough times,” Anderson said. “I’m hopeful of bounding back this weekend. I’ve talked to some of the other top throwers in the nation, and they are having the same problems.”
Anderson will compete this weekend at The Armory in New York City for the New Balance Indoor National championships. He will throw the shot put on Saturday at 5 p.m. and compete in the weight at on Sunday at noon.
Anderson is joined at the national meet by Alexander sprinter Vivette Green and Chapel Hill junior Freddie Allen III.
She will compete in the 60 and 200-meters during the three-day meet.
“I’m mainly just shooting for a PR in both events,” Green said.
Green, a Purdue signee, has gone 7.4 second in the 60-meters and 24.44 in the 200.
Green has only ran in a couple outdoor meets with her best time coming in the 100 at the Chapel Hill All-Comers Meet last month.
“I haven’t ran in that many outdoor meet due to conditions I’ve been facing,” Green said. “I don’t have an opinion on how the season is going outdoors.”
Anderson, who has signed with Arkansas State said he want to earn All-American status during the weekend. Athletes that finish in the top-six in an event make All-American.
“I think that I can get into the top six this weekend,” Anderson said.
Anderson was a state-champion last season for the Panthers, who finished third in Class AAAA. He has been throwing better during the outdoor season at this point than last season.
But this weekend is different than a normal meet. It can be intimidating for a novice.
Anderson said throwing this summer in a couple national meets keeps him level and not as nervous.
“You can’t get scared when you see someone have a good throw,” Anderson said. “I’ve competing in some big meets so I know what to look for. I’m really excited and ready to go.”