Sun shines on YSU throwers
YOUNGSTOWN — The sun blasted in from the east, shining through the upper level windows of the WATTS.
The natural light covered half of the black, wooden throwing circle embossed with a red Y with a white outline on opposing corners.
Jaynee Corbett’s phone leaned on the end and you could hear Pat Benatar’s Heartbreaker reverberating around the indoor track and field facility as she stood there with white rosin pasted on her neck. Corbett then grabbed the metallic shot put, hammered it against her body, crouched into a ready position and threw the object as it bounced on the turf — emitting black tire pellets in its wake.
The routine goes from training to weights to the training room — anything that lasts from four to five and half hours a day. She doesn’t have class until 5 p.m., where she’s working on her master’s degree in criminal justice.
“I can nap if I have to,” Corbett said.
But, Pat Benatar?
She has a wide genre of musical taste, so it’s not that unusual. It’s just her jam.
“I don’t have a specific thing, just whatever I’m in the mood for,” Corbett said.
She’s claimed multiple Horizon League championships over her tenure at YSU, but never had this kind of start she did Friday — smashing her own shot put record at the YSU Icebreaker.
Her focus is the indoor nationals and a couple more conference titles before starting the police academy at YSU this coming fall.
As motivating as late 1970s jam is to get you through a morning workout session, she knows it makes it easier with a partner — someone who gets it.
That’s Ryan Booth, a Mineral Ridge High School graduate. He provides consistency and has been a bedrock for Corbett’s training through the last couple of years.
It shows up in her throws. She sees a clear line of vision, the adrenaline flowing through her veins and hears the cheers of her teammates.
“That kind of takes over,” she said.
Booth wants that mojo back as part of his repertoire. He know it’s within his soul, but has to find ways to drive it out and make it visible during his performances.
He’s a psychology major and graduates in May and self-analyzes his shortcomings. What the heck is wrong? Why am I not hitting my throws?
Booth relies on his mindfulness and meditation to change his current course. He’s got until mid January, YSU’s next meet.
He sees Corbett’s success and that of his other teammates, including the blazing speed of Chad Zallow as he attacks the hurdles and leaves his competition a distant second.
Booth has captured multiple Horizon League throwing titles and wants to break the school’s discus record.
“I’m capable of a lot more,” Booth said. “It’ll be a disservice to me and my team if I don’t start competing at that level.
“I don’t want to be a tagalong on this team. I want to be a leader on this team.”
Booth continually spins in the ring, practicing his moves. He takes a shot put, lets it flow off his hand and bounce on the field turf below.
As the sun peers into the WATTS, Booth knows he too will have his day in the sun.