“First and foremost, I want to be an All-American. Second, based on where I am with projections, I hope to break the school record,” said Joseph, who broke the hammer mark Sunday at the Bison Outdoor Classic.
Joseph’s throw of 209 feet, 11 inches earned first place; he was the only competitor in the field to break 200 feet. He eclipsed the Bison record of 209-3 held by James Heizman since 1996.
“In some ways goals limit you; I don’t like dealing with goals,” said Schanbacher. “Lenny has all the answers. I have just given him some of the tools. But I do have a feeling Lenny is going to have a pretty good season.”
To reach his goal, Joseph will have to work hard to improve on a 17th-place finish at the NCAA Championships last year, but hard work is something Joseph has embraced all his life. He has not had the luxury to slack, and he is not about to start now.
While the memories of the past may always be with him, Joseph has shown that he has enough fortitude to deal with anything that comes his way. He also knows that when faced with trying times the tools he has learned from the hammer throw — hard work and attention to detail — can go a long way to finding success.
Considering all Joseph has been through and what he has accomplished, some may say he has already found it.