Kiana Phelps-Kingsley-Pierson/Woodbury Central-Oregon has been patient, but is ready to attack year two. Kiana explained how things were going in an article by Jason Cowley in the Sioux Journal.
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The four-time state discus champion from Kingsley-Pierson/Woodbury Central underwent a technique change during her first year on the Eugene, Oregon campus.
“My first year went about how I expected and wanted it too,” said Phelps.
The daughter of Scott and Laura Phelps redshirted during the indoor season and improved throughout the outdoor season meet by meet through the process of changing the technique with which she uses to throw.
She finished fourth in the Pac-12 Championships in the discus (165-6) and 13th in the shotput (44-4.75) and qualified for the NCAA West Regionals in the discus.
Phelps described the process as trying to find the “perfect form” though achieving such is impossible.
“But the goal is to get as close to it as you can,” she said. “It’s an incredibly difficult thing to master.”
Phelps endured a year where her form was broken down to fix a couple of bugs in order to rebuild it to be better and stronger.
The Kingsley-Pierson graduate and all-time Iowa record-holder in the discus (179-7) had a unique way of describing the process of changing her technique, an initial form taught to her by her father Scott, a two-time state discus champion of his own.
“The way I look at it is like thinking of a trampoline,” Phelps said. “I had a good, tight trampoline to jump off of, the trampoline being my fundamentals. But it can always be tighter. The tighter it is, the more fundamentally strong you are, and the higher for you to jump.
“But the only way to tighten the trampoline is to loosen it up, replace the springs, and tighten it back up. In a way, it’s like taking one step back before you can take steps forward. Now, this trampoline, is stronger than ever, and I have a tighter trampoline to jump higher off of. In other words, now I have a stronger base to go off of.”
Phelps has spent the majority of the summer on campus, taking classes and working out, lifting and conditioning with an eye on year two in a Ducks uniform.
She didn’t compete in any summer meets for the first time since early childhood since she was too old to compete in the USATF Junior Championships.
She does have her eyes on the IAAF World Championships — the current ones are ongoing in London — in a few years and she hasn’t stopped dreaming of the Olympics either.