Great Balls of Fire

from Olympian in Progress

As promised I am posting the full video from the night that my teammates and I threw flaming hammers on the infield at Hayward.

I figure I should give a little bit of a back story because as you all know Hayward Field is usually on lockdown.

After the last home meet in 2007, Hayward was soon to get a makeover for the Olympic Trials. My coach, Lance Deal, figured that old Hayward should go out with a bang. As the last event was ran, Lance and a backhoe moved onto the infield and parked in the middle of the javelin sector. The fans knew something was up and on Lance’s command started a rhythmic clap. The backhoe dug the first hole into what would be the new and improved Hayward Field, with the crowds cheers of excitement. As all of this was going on Im pretty sure I looked over to my roommate Sarah and said “Tonight is the night”.

We had talked about throwing flaming hammers on and off but never really had a place to do it without getting in trouble. Coach was all for the idea but we could never really tell him because he was coach. So you all can understand our excitement when we saw the field being torn up knowing that we had found our perfect place to throw.

After the meet, we sent the word out to a few teammates and waited until dark. We walked over to Hayward with the supplies and my parents in tow just in case we were arrested, seriously. Waiting under the scoreboard for everyone to arrive, the grounds crew saw us. Thinking we were busted they shouted out “Go ahead and do whatever you are going to do”and the rest is history:).

To my knowledge this was the last time that hammers were thrown on the infield. I would have to believe it because after Hayward was made over, the head coach made sure that we knew the consequences if we ever did that again.

Please excuse the language in the video but we were pretty dang excited.

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