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Manheim Central's Proffitt: Armed and driven

Javelin standout, who aspires to compete at the collegiate level, is reaping the benefits of an industrious offseason

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Posted: Friday, April 27, 2012 9:40 pm | Updated: 4:48 pm, Mon Jan 20, 2014.

Call it the Proffitt margin, and a healthy one at that.

That would be the length by which Manheim Central's Cole Proffitt wins the javelin competition at most dual meets.

"Each meet it seems he throws a personal best," Barons track coach Shane Adams wrote in an email.

While Proffitt's stock has steadily risen on the track circuit, he may be better known as a successful wide receiver on the Central football team, although he hopes to convert back to quarterback for his senior season.

"Yeah, it's pretty much football around here," Proffitt said of the athletic hierarchy at Central.

While Central may be known for football, Proffitt knows his future is in track.

He said he is looking at Pitt and several other schools, and will hit the college recruiting trail a little more intensely over the summer.

Until then, he hopes to continue to improve in his signature event, one that he has excelled at despite only picking up the spear halfway through his freshman year.

Proffitt owns the Barons javelin records for a freshman (147-3), sophomore (177-1) and junior (193-8), and is closing in on Jack Iosue's all-time mark of 197-8 set in 2008.

He also set a personal best by clearing 6-0 in the high jump and extended his own school long-jump record from 19-4 1/4 to 20-5 in Wednesday's dual-meet loss to Garden Spot. He easily won the jav by unleashing a 172-11 on his only throw of the day against the Spartans.

"Cole wants to be the best he can be in the javelin and all of the other events he competes in," said Adams.

Proffitt said he owes at least some of this year's success to refining his technique.

"We haven't really changed too much," Proffitt said of his form. Rather, "I've been working more on my speed on the runway; being aggressive on the runway and attacking the (foul) line. It's adjusting little things here and there; fixing the flaws."

Said Adams: "The difference from last year to this year is the hard work he spent this offseason working on technique, studying the event and attending throwing clinics."

Even though track is at the forefront right now, Proffitt is still committed to the football team. He said he lifts with the squad, and has to take part in a competitive lifting event next week. He said he hopes he'll be allowed to curb back on the football workouts when the track postseason begins with the L-L League Meet May 11-12, followed by districts and states.

Wednesday, Proffitt had to wear a back support brace to throw the javelin, "because I tweaked my lower back lifting with the (football) team," he said. He did not need the brace to run the 100, or compete in either the high or long jumps.

"I feel it sometimes, but it's mostly there for protection," Proffitt said of using the brace to protect his lower back from further injury during his throws.

Proffitt competed in the Penn Relays Friday, taking fourth place with a new personal best of 193-8. Billy Stanley of South Park won the event with a throw of 223-3.

"I'm super-excited to throw there," he said prior to competing at the University of Pennsylvania's historic Franklin Field. "The competition, just the guys who can (throw the javelin), it'll be a great experience."

Proffitt has experienced quite a few highs this year, with a meet-record win of 184-11 at the Tim Cook Invitational March 31, a victorious throw of 185-10 at the Pan-Ram Invitational April 14 and a winning effort of 190-10 at the Shippensburg Invitational April 21.

He'll get his chance to go head-to-head with Cocalico's Kyle Felpel when Central visits the Eagles for the regular-season dual-meet finale May 7. Felpel's 191-9 was tops in the league before Proffitt's Penn Relays effort.

"I love to compete and I want to compete against the best guys out there," Proffitt said. "I don't know (if he'll beat Felpel), but that's what you want when you compete; you want to throw against the best."

Proffitt occasionally works out with Felpel - as well as Hempfield's Kyle Long, the reigning state champion in the discus - but Proffitt concentrates exclusively on the jav. Long is a shot-put and discus guy while Felpel uses all three implements.

After the scholastic season, Proffitt has been invited to compete in the National Scholastic Sports Foundation New Balance Nationals June 14-16 in Greensboro, N.C., and has accepted an invitation to join the NSSF team that will compete at the Caribbean Scholastic Invitational in Puerto Rico June 1-2.

CSI, according to a press release, was created to expose young American high school athletes to international competition. While team selection is based on a number of factors, the most important factor is the athlete's potential to represent this country in the near future. Every reasonable effort is made by the NSSF to simulate the "national team competition" experience as much as possible.

pkauffman@lnpnews.com

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