The first of two Senior Spotlights today shines on track and field athlete Ryan Addlesberger, who will attend Manhattan College in the fall. Here is our conversation.
How did you get interested in the shot put event?
I started Track and Field in Middle School with Coach McMullen. He introduced me to throwing along with Track and Field as a whole. I was a lot thinner back then so I ran the 100 meter dash, long jumped and of course threw shot put and discus. Shot Put interested me the most because I seemed to be good at it. I continued throwing shot put ever since.
What do you like most about shot put?
I like how simple, yet complicated shot put is. When I tell people what I do, I say I throw heavy things as far as I can. What sounds simple and basic, can also be the most detailed event. For a spinner, shot put is very complex. There are thousands of positions I have to hit correctly in order to throw your farthest. Everyday I try to perfect my technique when in reality, I will never perfect it. There is always something I can do better. The technical aspect of shot put is what I love most about it.
Who got you interested in wrestling?
My Uncle Lee, my mom’s younger brother, wrestled for Palmyra High School. As a young kid, I went to all his matches and was able to hangout with his team. I was sort of a little mascot for them. When I turned 3, my uncle somehow talked my mother into letting me join the Cinnaminson PAL wrestling club. Wrestling has been a big influence on the person I am today and I am grateful that I had this opportunity.
Did you play any other sports at CHS?
I participated in Soccer my freshman and sophomore year. I was a goalie for a majority of my time on the soccer field. Other times I would beg my coach to let me play striker when sitting in front of the goal wasn’t enough excitement for me.
What is your most memorable moment from your athletic career at CHS?
My most memorable moment was in North Carolina at New Balance Nationals where I threw 56’7” to win the Emerging Elite Competition. Throwing my best at the time and winning the competition was very exciting, but what made the moment special was the atmosphere. There was music playing while I was competing, the stands were packed, people crowded the shot put area, every event was packed with outstanding athletes, the weather was beautiful and the BBQ in North Carolina was amazing. This all together made the moment special and I can’t wait to go compete again this year.
What are you most looking forward to in college?
I’m looking forward to competing and meeting new people, but the one thing I am most looking forward to is being in New York City. I absolutely love how diverse the city is and how there is always something to do. I knew I wanted to live in the city once I got older and having the opportunity to go to school there is just amazing.
Who has been the biggest influence on your athletic career?
Without a doubt, my mom has been the biggest influence on my athletic career. She comes to all my meets and is always there to cheer me on. She taught me to be mentally strong and that has helped me with every aspect of my life. When things start to get tough, my mom is right behind me helping me along the way. She picks me up when I’m down and she’s the first person I want to hug when I succeed. I couldn’t ask for a better influence on my athletic career and my life as a whole.
Was it a difficult decision to forego your senior season as a wrestler to focus on the shot put year-round?
It was a tough decision. I knew a lot of people were going to be disappointed, but I had to do what was best for me. I knew I wanted to throw in college and I knew that in order to continue my success in shot put I had to work harder. Joining Winter Track gave me the warm up I needed to come into Spring Season and compete at my best. Even now I believe I have much more in me that has yet to come out, without Winter Track I wouldn’t be where I am with my technique and strength.
Favorite class at CHS?
My favorite class is British Literature with Mrs. Iaconelli. We have a lot of fun in class with being able to get all of our work done at the same time. Mrs. Iaconelli has become one of my favorite teachers at CHS during the past school year.
I don’t have a specific movie that I would say is my favorite but I love watching comedies, especially romantic comedies.
Favorite song and/or artist?
I don’t have a favorite song or artist, I listen to a variety of music. I listen to a lot of 80’s music around the house and with my close friends. My mom likes to tell us we have old souls.
Favorite TV show?
My favorite TV show is, without question, How I Met Your Mother. I have watched the entire series 3 times around and it never gets old. I still laugh at the same cheesy jokes everytime I watch an episode. Suit up!
Most difficult class taken at CHS?
The most difficult class I have is AP Calculus. Somehow I think I did well on the AP exam I took May 11th.
What will you miss most about CHS?
I’m going to miss the teachers that played a huge impact on my experience at CHS. Most importantly my coach Mr. Kind, my student council advisors Mrs. Iaconelli and Mr. Perekupka and my Guidance Counselors Mr. Krakower and Mrs. Mancinelli.
Did you go on the senior trip? If so, what was your favorite ride or attraction?
My favorite ride on senior trip was the Rocking Roller Coaster. I only got the chance to go on it once, but it was my favorite. A group of 12 of us waiting the full 2 hours and it was well worth the wait.
Image courtesy of Ryan Addlesberger