Broadalbin-Perth grad Coddington making his mark with Sage track team

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Broadalbin-Perth graduate John Coddington was Sage Male Athlete of the Year in an individual sport at the school’s award banquet. He also was named the men’s outdoor track and field Gator of the Year. Coddington, left, is pictured assistant Russell Sage College track and field coach Regan Grube at the banquet on May 16.

ALBANY — In his first season as a member of the Russell Sage college men’s track and field team, Broadalbin-Perth graduate John Coddington has made his mark in the record books.

Coddington holds the school record in three outdoor events and two indoor events.

Even more remarkable than Coddington’s success, is that it comes after two years of not competing.

After graduating from Broadalbin-Perth High School in 2019, Coddington attended Fulton-Montgomery Community College for two years before heading to Sage for his junior year.

“I’m very pleased with how the year has gone, especially for my first year competing in college,” he said. “I didn’t throw the last two years. I just stayed with it in the weight room. I realized that I missed competing and I was able to compete again when I got to Sage.”

During the indoor season, Coddington set the school record in the weight throw with a toss of 15.81 meters at the Empire 8 Conference Championships on Feb. 25. Coddington also set the school mark in the shot put with a throw of 14.75 meters at the same meet.

The success continued during the outdoor season as Coddington set the shot put record of 14.79 meters at the Wesleyan Swanson Invitational on March 26.

At RPI’s Capital District Championship on April 30, Coddington set school records in the discus (39.95 meters) and the hammer throw (46.36 meters).

Coddington also earned all-Empire 8 Conference honors in two events at the league championship met May 6 and 7 at Nazareth College. To be named an Empire 8 All-Conference selection, a student athlete must have finished in the top three of an event at the Conference’s championship meet.

Coddington won the hammer throw with a toss of 45.93 meters, becoming Sage’s first Empire 8 champion. He placed third in the shot put with a throw of 14.16 meters. Coddington also was fifth in the discus with his throw of 37.88 meters. 

“I like the shot put the most because it’s the most comfortable event for me,” Coddington said. “The weight throw is fun though because of the spinning and the feeling you get when you get a good release.”

During the indoor season, Coddington was named the Empire 8 Conference co-Rookie of the Year after placing second in the shot put and weight throw at the Empire 8 Championships. While competing at the Empire 8 Championships, Coddington scored 16 points for the Gators. Voting for the award was conducted by the league’s head coaches.

Coddington also earned several other awards during the winter season. He made the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Region Team and was selected second-team All-Conference. The program’s first All-Region honoree recorded the second-best throw in the shot put (14.75 meters) and fourth-best weight throw (15.81 meters) in the Mideast Region. To earn All-Region honors, an athlete must be one of the top-five individuals in their event in their respective region on the TFRRS Descending Order List.

Coddington also competed at the 2022 All-Atlantic Region Track & Field Conference Championship at Nazareth College on March 4-5. While competing in the shot put, he posted toss of 13.61 meters and finished in 12th place.

Coddington also qualified for the 2022 All-Atlantic Region Track & Field Conference Championship for the outdoor season in the shot put and hammer throw.

On Thursday, Coddington competed in the meet at Moravian University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He was one of just two Sage athletes to qualify.

“We have a small team at Sage, so it’s nice to qualify for some of the bigger meets because it gets our name out there,” Coddington said.

At the meet, he was 21st in the hammer throw with a toss of 45.9 meters. In the shot put, he had no mark and did not place.

There are just 12 competitors this year on the men’s roster. Nick Jones took over the Russell Sage program this year after serving as the head track and field coach and the assistant cross country coach for Plattsburgh State University for 11 seasons.

It was former Sage coach David Taranto that got Coddington interested in competing again.

“He asked me when I was thinking about coming to Sage if I was interested in track and I said I was because I really missed it,” Coddington said.

Prior to competing for Sage, Coddington last competed for Broadalbin-Perth High School in 2019.

Even at B-P, Coddington got into the sport late in his career, joining the Patriots’ track and field team for the first time as a sophomore.

By his senior season, Coddington qualified for the state meet the shot put, finishing sixth in the Division II (small-school) meet with a throw of 51-3.5.

During the indoor season, he was fifth at the Section II qualifiers with a throw of 48-4.

“I just started using the spin technique my last year in high school and that was my breakout year,” Coddington said. “That’s the year I went to states.”

That state meet also was the last time that Coddington competed.

In addition to adjusting after a two-year layoff from competition, Coddington also had to adapt with a change in the weight of what he was throwing in his transition from high school to college.

In high school, the shot put is 12 pounds and in college, it weighs 16 pounds.

The high school discus weighs 3.5 pounds and the college discus weighs 4.4 pounds.

“There’s a huge difference with the weight,” Coddington said. “I think I’ve adapted pretty well as my strength has gotten better.”

Coddington’s adjustment to college competition has gone so well, that on May 16, he was named the Sage Male Athlete of the Year in an individual sport at the school’s award banquet. He also was named the men’s outdoor track and field Gator of the Year.

With a successful junior season now complete, Coddington is firmly focused on continuing his efforts to improve heading into his senior campaign.

“This year has allowed me to see what my potential is. It makes me want to keep working hard and dial in my technique and eliminate some of the errors I’ve made this year. Being successful in the throw events has a lot to do with your form,” he said. “The biggest thing I want to eliminate is the sector fouls. I’ve had some good throws wiped out because they were out of bounds.”

With one more year to refine his technique, Coddington said that he is looking forward to seeing what he can do in his senior year at Sage.

“I’m already excited for next year. It’s been a huge surprise to make it where I’ve made it in my first year competing in college,” said Coddington, who is a business administration major. “It kind of makes me wonder what would have happened if I had been competing right through.”

 

By Paul Wager

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