Getting into a Good Power Positionby Mac Wilkins
Getting to a Good Power Position
Olympian and Coach Mac Wilkens describes his views on the importance of a Good "Power Position" in the Track and Field Throwing Disciplines.
Video Breakdown Included
Olympic Champion and former World Record Holder was one the best all around throwers in the world.
As a coach he is sought by throwers of all levels from around the world for his knowledge and expertise.
1976 Olympic Champion - Gold Medal - Olympic Record - Ranked #1 in World
1980 US Boycott - Ranked #1 in World
1984 Olympic Silver Medal
1988 Olympic 5th Place
(4) Four Times World Record Holder 69.18m, 69.80m, 70.24m, 70.86m 1976
(5) Five Times American Record Holder 70.98m 1980
(8) Eight Times US National Champion Discus Throw 1973-1988
1977 US National Champion Shot Put - Indoor 21.06m
1973 NCAA Champion –Discus Throw, 3rd Place Shot Put
14 Competitive Throws beyond 70 meters (229'9")...
#4 All Time top ten competition average
Mac's PRs - World's Best Combination of Four Throws
Shot Put 21.06m, Discus 70.98m, Javelin 78.44m, and Hammer 63.88m.
High School Bests: Discus 170' 10", Shot Put 58', Javelin 195"
Mac threw the javelin 78.44m, 257' 8" as a 19 year old freshman at the University of Oregon. As a senior he was NCAA Champion in the discus and won the first of Eight US National Championships in the discus.
Wilkins broke the World's Record Four times in his career. During his series on May 1, 1976 in San Jose, California, he set the world record on three consecutive throws of 69.80m, 70.24m, and 70.86m.
Mac was US National Champion indoors in the shot put in 1977 with a best of 21.06m, 69' 1.5".
Mac provided significant time or guidance to the following throwers to help them achieve their success
2016 Ryan Crouser, USA – Olympic Champion Olympic Record Shot Put – Consultant Mental Preparation
2012 Krishna Poonia, India - 6th Place London Olympics
2010 Krishna Poonia, India - Commonwealth Games Gold Medal,
2010 Jason Young, USA - longest US thrower 2010
2009 Dani Samuels, Australia - World Championships Gold Medal
2008 Stephanie Trafton, USA - Olympic Champion Gold Medal
2008 Annie Hess, Concordia U. 58.69m, 192' Longest US College Woman Discus Thrower at any level in 2008, 3xNAIA National Champion (developed in 3 years from 45m)
2001 Adam Setliff, USA - 5th Place World Championships
2000 Adam Setliff, USA – 5th Place Sydney Olympics
Collegiate Coach 2006 – 2013 Concordia University, Portland OR.
In 8 Years, Mac developed 24 National Champions and 94 All Americans in javelin, shot put, discus & hammer.
In August 2013-Sept 2016 Wilkins coached for USA Track & Field at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista California.
Wilkins' group included Ryan Crouser won the Olympic Gold Medal in the Shot Put in Rio.
He currently lives in the San Diego area.