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Caleb John Stuart

Caleb Stuart ‘The Man Mountain’

Caleb Stuart is our latest induction to the Legends of Track and Field. The larger than life  Hammer Thrower who came onto the scene in 2015. And set the still-standing SEA Record and former SEA Games Record. He was here and gone too soon in one SEA Games. Stuart leaving the PATAFA after the 2016 Season to focus on his work career.

Caleb Stuart

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Caleb Stuart of the Philippines during his gold medal performance and SEA Games record in the 28th SEA Games Men’s Hammer Throw held at the National Stadium, Singapore Sports Hub on June 9, 2015.

Caleb John Stuart obliterates SEA Hammer Record

Mar 14, 2015

Fil-Heritage thrower Caleb Stuart sent a sign of things to come to his rivals in South East Asia. And that the Philippines was in fact prepared to regain the SEA Games title in the Hammer Throw at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore this June.

In contrast, The Philippines had won the title in 2003-2009 under Arniel Ferrera. However, Thailand’s Tantiphong Phetchaiya took over as SEA Games champion after that.

In addition, At the Ben Brown meets in Los Angeles on Friday, Caleb registered a best throw of 68.66m. This mark added more than 6 meters onto the SEA Record of Tantipong Phetchaiya of Thailand 62.23m. He also added nearly 7 meters onto the Philippine Record of Ferrera (61.69m). His previous best was 67.24m set 28.03.14 at Riverside. He had had four throws fouling two and his second-best throw of 62.82m was also above the SEA and RP Records.

In contrast, The Olympic standard and world standard for Hammer is 76.00m so still a fair bit of work to do but a brilliant start to the season and a sure sign of things to come.

Above all Caleb will be competing for the Philippine Airforce in the Discus, Shotput, and Hammer at the national open in Laguna March 19-22.

Results

CALEB STUART TWO GOLDS IN THE BAG FOR 2015

Jan 15, 2015

One Athlete, who actually was discovered through ‘Believe it or not? ‘Little League Baseball’ as he was the brother of an athlete and playing American Football at the time. Stuart expressed a deep passion for competing for the Philippines and has no intention of ever competing for the United States.

In addition, more recently Caleb has acquired his Filipino Passport and is now eligible as of August 27 for Rankings dating back to January 1 and if he surpasses at sanctioned meets Filipino Records, as well as eligibility to represent the Philippines.

Above all The 24-year-old Caleb Stuart is quite a find as his best throws of 17.88m in the shot put and 67.24m in the Hammer are not only Philippine Records in his event but they also would break the current SEA Games Records of 17.74m and 62.29m.

Stuart, if he can emulate this at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore, would surely add two medals onto the medal count of the ‘New Breed in Philippines Track and Field’.

Hammer

However, although we have a good legacy with the aging Arniel Ferrera,33 who holds the current national record at 61.69m was a four-time SEA Games champion 2003,2005,2007,2009 before finishing second the last two SEA Games. Now a worthy successor has emerged to carry on the legacy Arniel has left to ensure we can retain-regain the Hammer title.

In addition in the Shot put the Philippines has never won a gold medal in the history of the SEA Games.

In contrast the best in the region throwing in the 17 mid-range. The closest anyone ever got was another Los Angeles Fil-am named Bruce Ventura who finished second at the 1993 SEA Games as a 20-year-old, Bruce who later went onto play College Football blew out his knee the first season and was never quite the same again ending his career early.

Caleb, however, comes in as a real-deal solution to the drought in the SEA Games shot put. Eleazer Sunang who broke Bruce Ventura national record with a 16.74m throw last year in Thailand has not been able to win a medal in three consecutive SEA Games, he did win Bronze way back in 2007.

Having a consistent athlete who is deep in the 17-meter range will definitely secure the country another two medals.

Caleb Stuart

An exciting new discovery 24-year-old Caleb Stuart. Caleb is looking at bringing two gold medals to the South East Asian Games Athletics effort in Singapore in June. Stuart has just graduated from University California- Riverside. He is looking forward to a long successful career with Philippine Sports.

Caleb Stuart stands at 6’2 and 250 lbs could be one of the most dominant and formidable throwers ever to represent the Philippines. Previously since Fil-Mexican Josephine Dela Vina (11th in the Olympic Games 1968) took the Asian Games and Asian Championship medals in 1966 and 1973.

Hammer is his best event

Caleb Stuart has a personal best in the Hammer Throw of 67.24m. This is well above the SEA Games record of 62.23m of Tantiphong Phetchaiya of Thailand. Phetchaiya has won the last two SEA Games. Prior to that the four SEA Games golds in a row were won by Arniel Ferrera in the Hammer.

Ferrera now 33 holds the Philippine record at 61.69 meters. In Stuart, we may now have found a worthy heir to the four-time gold medalist Arniel who can restore the gold medal to the Philippines.

For this year Jackie Wong Cheer of Malaysia the SEA Bronze medalist ranks 2nd with 62.19m, Ferrera 3rd with 59.79m during the weekly relay finals and  Phetchaiya 4th with 58.32m

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Also very good at Shot-put

Caleb also excels at his secondary event the Shot-put. His best throw is 17.88m well above the SEA Games record of 17.64m. Also above the SEA Games medal of another Thai Thawin Khachin (17.54m). Three Thai’s Janthima (16.94), Polyeam (16.86) and Thawat (16.80) rank behind him. The PNG Champion Eleazer Sunang who holds the National Record of 16.74m set at the Thailand Open in 2013, but has only managed 15.70m this year at the Vietnam Open.

Sunang, 29 who recently became a parent with his wife long jump queen Marestella Torres. In the spirit of good sportsmanship welcomed the discovery of Stuart. saying it was extremely good for the sport to have an athlete of his caliber represent the Philippines who can win us the gold at SEA Games.

For its part the Philippines has never won a medal since it first participated in te SEA Games in 1977, it has also never won a Shot-put Medal at Asian Games or any other major international meet.

Also throws Discus

Most of the time good rotational throwers in Hammer often excel next at Discus rather than Shot-put. Caleb, however, has Discus has his #3 event. He has a personal best of 49.96m, which is #5 in South East Asia this year. The list is led by 19-year-old Mohd Irfan Shamsuddin of Malaysia who is also the SEA Games record holder and champion with 53.16m. Shamsuddin improved his best throw to 54.26m.

The Philippine Record was set by Fidel Repizo whose mark of 52.10m was the Philippines only win in this event at SEA Games level.

Caleb Stuart

National Open and National Records

Caleb Stuart is looking forward to competing at the National Open March 19-22 in Laguna. He will lineup in the Shotput, Discus, and Hammer. Joining the Philippine Airforce team where he will be partnered with Four times SEA Games gold champion Ferrera in Discus and Hammer. It is expected Stuart will be able to go over the 61.69m and 16.74m records of Ferrera and Sunang as his best performances clearly indicate this.

Filipino Passport

It was fairly easy for Caleb Stuart to get a Filipino passport as his mother was still a Filipino citizen at his time of birth. However, the rules regarding national records state he must have a Philippine Passport. At the time a record is set for the records to count. Therefore as he acquired his passport a few months after his best performances they were not eligible as National Records at that time. However, the rules for National Rankings allow him to be ranked as from the acquisition of passport back to January 1 of 2014 performances will be accepted for qualifying.

Identified by a source in Softball

Caleb Stuart’s mother is Filipino. Stuart whose sister plays Softball got in touch with PSC Commissioner in charge of Athletics Jolly Gomez who quickly had identified him as a talent upon further inspection of performances verified by yours truly.

In conclusion, when we saw Stuart’s record I was very impressed as his best performances were significantly better than not only the SEA Gold medals but the actual SEA Records in two events.

Background

By Caleb Stuart

Growing up, I played many different sports. I played American football, basketball, and baseball. (and if there are any other sports I can compete in for the Philippines, I would love to try that out) and I did not compete in track and field until I got to college at the University of California, Riverside. At first, I did not plan on doing a sport. I only decided to try out for the team because I wanted to be able to lift weights and get stronger. However, after my first season of competing in track and field, I found that I really enjoyed it and had the potential to have a lot of success.

I did not compete in Track and Field in high school. I instead played American football and basketball. My first year of competing in track and field was my freshman year in college. Since then, I have learned a general understanding of the sport and improved my marks significantly over the course of my college career. With that said, I firmly believe that I have the potential to greatly improve my marks and that I can be a champion of the Philippines, maybe even for multiple events.

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Known as the Man-Mountain of Philippine Track and Field, Caleb John Christian Stuart stands tall at 6’ 2” and weighs in at 250lbs. Stuart is the ideal build for a world-class Hammer Throw. Stuart was discovered via a baseball contact (his sister, Morgan Stuart, played for the Philippine Softball Team). Commissioner Jolly Gomez of the Philippine Sports Commission was able to help in bringing him to the attention of the Track and Field squad as well as in acquiring Stuart’s Filipino Passport (his mother is Filipino).caleb-stuart-hammer

Impressive Collegiate Career

Stuart had an impressive collegiate career throwing the Shotput, Discus, and Hammer for UC Riverside, a Division 1 NCAA College in the US. He came in 17th in the US Championships and 11th in the NCAA Championships in the Hammer in 2014. A rising talent in US Track and Field, Caleb opted to compete for the Philippines.

In February 2015, Stuart smashed the Philippine Hammer Throw Record held by former four-time SEA Games Champion (2003-2009) Arniel Ferrera (61.69) with a throw of 68.66m at the Ben Brown meet. His performance also shattered the South East Asian Record of Tantiphong Phetchiya of Thailand (62.23m) the (2011-2013) SEA Games Champion.

In March 2015, Stuart flew to the Philippines with his family and joined with Andrew Pirie’s Phil Airforce Alliance team at the 2015 National Open in Laguna. He brought pride to the team and produced three of the eight total medals won by the men’s team at the National Open. His wins included the Hammer, Discus, and Shotput. He ended the unbroken 16-year local winning streak of Ferrera (Airforce) and also defeated SEA Games, Bronze medalist, Jackie Wong of Malaysia in the Hammer Throw. Stuart also beat the National Record Holder Eleazer Sunang in the Shotput.

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Stuart came in as the favorite at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore. Despite the pressure to return the crown to the Philippines, Stuart excelled while securing the SEA Games Title with a SEA Games record of 65.63m.

Caleb became just the third man after former National Coach Danilo Jarina and Arniel to win the SEA Games title; carrying on a proud tradition.

olympics

The next goal for Caleb and his coach, Shaun McGinley, is to hit the 77m standard for the Rio Olympics.

The Next Goal

At 25 years old, Caleb has about another 5-10 years before he reaches his prime as a hammer thrower. As well as being an impressive performer, Caleb could be viewed as a gentle giant. His respect and friendship for his predecessor, Arniel (who helped him during the SEA Games), says a lot about his character. He was seen giving a motivational lecture to the Leyte ‘Yolanda Victim’  children at the National Open.

Inspiring the Next Generation

Caleb wants to inspire and to help teach the next generation of throwers for the Philippines. He has expressed interest in conducting throwing clinics and in being an example of success from hard work.

Caleb came back to the 2016 National Open and was able to successfully defend his National Title in the Hammer Throw.

“I only have respect and praise on the humble giant, and I strongly believe that any companyor product he will help endorse will greatly benefit due to his good nature and character, aswell as his status as a SEA Games Champion. He does need support to reach his Olympic goals. Perhaps a company might be interested in linking up with the clinics for example.”

Personal Facts

  • Birth Date: 7 September 1990
  • Birth Place: Riverside, CA the USA
  • Hometown: Riverside, CA the USA
  • Age: 25
  • Height: 1.88 Meters (6’2”)
  • Weight: 113 kg (250 lbs)
  • Sport: Track and Field

Contact Info

Marks

  • Hammer: 68.86m (225’ 11”)
  • Shot Put: 17.88m (58’ 8”)
  • Discus: 49.98m (164’ 0”)

Notable Achievements

  • UC Riverside Record Holder in Hammer Throw
  • Number 2 All-time at UC Riverside in shot-put
  • 2012 Big West Hammer Champion
  • All-American in Hammer Throw
  • 2014 Big West Hammer Champion
  • 2014 Big West Shot-Put Champion
  • Ranked 11th in NCAA in 2014 season in Hammer
  • Finished 17th at 2014 USATF National Outdoor Championships
  • 2014 Big West Field Athlete of the Year
  • 2014 UC Riverside Male Athlete of the Year
  • Multiple “Conference Athlete of the Week” Awards
  • 2015 SEA Games Champion in Hammer throw
  • SEA Games record holder in the hammer throw

Performance Lists

Big West Performance List:

http://www.tfrrs.org/view_list.html#30

NCAA Hammer Performance List:

http://www.tfrrs.org/lists/1228.html?gender=m#28

USATF National Outdoor Championship Results:

http://www.tfrrs.org/lists/1228.html?gender=m#28

Archived Stories from Collegiate Career

http://www.tfrrs.org/athletes/2740970.html

Athletic Performance Progression and Improvements

  • Year One (Freshman): Hammer: 51.64 m (169.4 ft)

Disc: 38.95 m (127.7 ft)

Shot-put: 13.63 m (44.7 ft)

  • Year Two (sophomore)       Hammer: 60.57 m (198.7 ft)

Disc: 46.06 m (151.1 ft)

Shot-put: N/A

  • Year Three (Junior)                         Hammer: 63.6 m (208.6 ft)

Disc: 43.7 m (153.3 ft)

Shot-put: 15.75 m (51.6 ft)

  • Year Four (Senior) Hammer: 67.24 m (220.6 ft)

Disc: 49.98 m (163.9 ft)

Shot-put: 17.88 m (58.66 ft)

Weight Lifting Numbers

  • Hang Clean: 190.5 Kg (420 lbs)
  • Hang Snatch: 138.3 Kg (305 lbs)
  • Bench Press: 204 kg (450 lbs)
  • Front Squat: 208.66 kg (460 lbs)

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By Andrew Pirie

Andrew was elected Vice President of the Association of Track and Field Statisticians in 2020 after being a member for 7 years. He has worked as a PSC Consultant and Research Assistant from 2013-2015, Consultant, and Sprint Coach at Zamboanga Sports Academy from 2015-2017. Current editor and chief of Pinoyathletics.info, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program. Coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is working towards his Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles. He can be contacted on [email protected] You can find more information on Coaching here https://www.pinoyathletics.info/coaching-2/

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