Player of the Week

Player of the Week

Nate Hunter of the men’s track ‘ field team continued the outdoor season with a strong performance at the Snowflake Classic hosted by Tufts Saturday. He took first place in the shot put and second in the discus, earning him The Northeastern News Player of the Week honors.

“It is still early in the outdoor season so I am still trying to get the little things down,” Hunter said. “But I am looking forward to a really good season and continuing to perform well.”

The sophomore finished the indoor season with first place at the New England Championship in the shot put with a toss of 55 feet, 4.25 inches.

“The indoor season went really well for me,” Hunter said. “I hurt my back right after I set my personal record at the Great Dane Classic [Jan. 19] and it has taken me a while to build back up. I am slowly starting to progress back.”

The engineering major is currently balancing practices and meets with interviewing for co-op jobs for the fall semester.

“I am hoping for a job in Gloucester or somewhere very close so it won’t interfere with practices and time in the weight room,” Hunter said. “We’ll see how that all works out.”

Although only a sophomore, he credits much of success to his time spent with former Northeastern shot put star Derek Anderson. Anderson graduated last year after he made it to the NCAA Championship.

“Derek was a huge influence on me last year,” Hunter said. “Being able to travel with him and practice with him and learn from him was the best experience I could have hoped for. He is in Arizona now but we still talk about technique and how my season is going. I even looked into a few co-op jobs in Arizona so I could go back to training with him.”

Hunter and the track team will be in Gainesville, Fla., for the Florida Relays this weekend.

“The meet in Florida will have some very tough competition,” Hunter said. “I am just practicing and trying to be ready to compete against the tough southern competition. The south as a whole is much tougher than the northeast. We have to go down there with pride that we are from Boston.”

– Erika Carrubba, News Staff

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