In her junior season alone, Park City’s Megan Glasmann has set a state record in the javelin, won the BYU Invitational, competed in the Penn Relays and established herself as a prohibitive favorite to win a state championship in a few weeks.
To think, at one point there was doubt that Glasmann would even be able to compete this spring.
About Megan Glasmann
Threw 143’6” at the Taylorsville Invitational to set a state record
Broke her jaw in November at a basketball game against Grantsville
Subsequently caught pneumonia, to go along with concussion symptoms
Won the BYU Invitational, and finished second in the discus
Is considered the favorite to win the state title in the javelin
After catching an errant elbow during basketball season, Glasmann suffered a broken jaw and a concussion, both of which put her out of commission for an extended period of time.
The broken jaw led to a soft foods only diet. The concussion was harder to diagnose, and that curtailed her studies to the point she was only able to attend classes part time. The frustration for Glasmann was real, as was the doubt that she would be anywhere close to full strength for track season.
"It was more frustrating that I got hurt doing a secondary sport and that I felt things could’ve been prevented," Glasmann said. "If I hadn’t been playing basketball, maybe this wouldn’t have happened. But, it was a challenge that I had to overcome."
On April 23rd, Glasmann showed just how far she’s come in just a little amount of time. Her throw of 143’ 6" in the Taylorsville Invitational set a new state record by almost 15 feet. With that throw, she established herself as a force in that event.
It’s not hard, looking at Glasmann’s roots, to figure out where her prowess comes from. Her mother, Nikki, threw the javelin in college. Her younger sister, Chrissy, throws the javelin and is a freshman at Park City. Her two younger siblings compete at the grade school level.
For the Glasmanns, track and field is truly a family thing, and something that they do as a group. It’s not unusual for the entire family to go throwing in a park.
"It’s something that we do, we’re an athletic family," Nikki Glasmann said. "Megan is ahead of where I threw when I was a junior in high school. Chrissy is ahead of where Megan was as a freshman in high school. I’m proud of all of them. They have a lot of talent and they work very hard."
With a year left of high school, Megan Glasmann has turned into a three-sport athlete. In addition to basketball and track, she competes in volleyball during the fall season. Next year, however, hoops will cease to be a part of the equation, as Glasmann plans on doing something more track related during the winter.
Because she wants to compete in track in college, and because basketball is somewhat of a contact sport, Glasmann is hesitant to put herself in danger of injury again.
"I love track, and I want to get better," Glasmann said. "There are plenty of things I can get better at. I feel like my technique has to improve, and I feel like I can use the winter to make some adjustments."
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