P.O. Male Athlete of the Week: Kelton Chastulik
One thing is obvious about Chambersburg thrower Kelton Chastulik - he's a fierce competitor, and he is probably his own biggest competition.
The junior is a force for the Trojans on the football field and has proved himself as a dominating force in both the shot put and the discus over the course of the last two and a half years. This weekend, Chastulik finally put his name in the Chambersburg record books, and he is the Public Opinion Male Athlete of the Week.
Chastulik had a monster throw in the shot put, hitting a mark of 57-8, which is a new Trojan record. He and partner Myles Braxton teamed up to throw 106-0.75, also a new meet record for the Cedar Cliff Relays.
"It was on my second throw, and I actually thought it wasn't that good of a throw," Chastulik said. "I thought it was around 54 feet, but they read it out at 57-8, and I'm pretty sure I jumped as high as I did at Mid Penns when I won it as a freshman."
The challenge for Chastulik now becomes repeating the feat.
"When (throws) coach (Roger) Coleman asked me how I felt about the day, I said I did OK," Chastulik said. "I get it from my parents - it's not about what you've done; it's about what you've done lately. If I can't (throw 57-plus) over and over again, it's not that big a deal to me."
Coleman said, "We had all four of his throws on video and they all looked similar. He said he thought he just pushed into the shot harder than the other three throws. We've been working on some positioning in the circle, but sometimes you just get your legs a little better or have a little better release from the hands; I think it's a whole combination of things."
It's certain that Chastulik and Coleman will continue working on finding that perfect combination, as Chastulik has high goals for the rest of the season. He is eyeing district gold in both the shot put and the discus.
"Coach Coleman works his butt off with me; I think they should pay him more," Chastulik said. "I definitely think if I follow coach Coleman's words, really listen to him through film studies, feel what I'm doing wrong and fix it - if I can do all that, it'll help me down the road in the postseason."
Kelton Chastulik, Chambersburg
Sport: Track & field
Events: Shot put, discus
Size: 6-foot-3, 256 pounds
Other interests: Chastulik also plays football for the Trojans. He works at Grocery Outlet on the weekends, plays guitars and enjoys reading and writing. He's also involved with his church.
Suprising fact: Although Chastulik may act "dumb" at track meets, he's actually pretty smart. He's got offers to play football at five different Ivy League schools.
Favorite team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Athletes most admired: J.J. Watt and Richard Sherman
Statistics: Chastulik broke a school record in the shot put with a mark of 57-8 ... He teamed up with Myles Braxton to break the meet record in the event at the Cedar Cliff Relays, combining for 106-0.75.