Last Updated on October 22, 2022 by Andrew Pirie
11.03.21 Pinoyathletics Track Talk Caleb Stuart SEA Record Holder Hammer Throw
Still SEA Record Holder in the Hammer Throw (68.66m) Caleb Stuart. The 2015 SEA Games Champion talks about his athletic career and his goal to help coach throwers. We were also joined by Mr. Bruce Ventura, the former Phi Record Holder in the Mens Shotput. And the 1993 SEA Games silver medalist in that event.
Two Legends of Philippines Track and Field share their experiences as Fil-American athletes adapting to the SEA Environment and desiring to help the next generation of Philippine Throwers.
- height and weight ( 6’2 220-230lbs)
prime wt 255-260lbs
- back squat – 500lbs x 3 –
- power clean – 425lbs x 1 (hang clean) thigh
- vertical jump – never tested
- deadlift – not strong lower back, susceptible back
- snatch bests – hang – squat snatch – 330lbs- wide grip
bench press – 450lbs x 1
Caleb Stuart ‘The Man Mountain’
Caleb Stuart is our latest induction to the Legends of Track and Field. The larger-than-life Hammer Thrower 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 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 won the title in 2003-2009 under Arniel Ferrera. However, Thailand’s Tantiphong Phetchaiya took over as SEA Games champion after that.
Also, 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 to the SEA Record of Tantipong Phetchaiya of Thailand 62.23m.
He also added nearly 7 meters to the Philippine Record of Ferrera (61.69m). His previous best was 67.24m set on 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, Hammer’s Olympic standard and world standard 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.
CALEB STUART HAS 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.
More recently, Caleb has acquired his Filipino Passport and is now eligible as of August 27 for Rankings dating back to January 1. Therefore, if he surpasses sanctioned meets Filipino Records and 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.
If he can emulate this at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore, Stuart would surely add two medals to the New Breed’s medal count in Philippines Track and Field.’
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 in 2003,2005,2007,2009 before finishing second in the last two SEA Games. Thus, a worthy successor has emerged to carry on Arniel’s legacy to ensure we can retain-regain the Hammer title.
Also, in Shot put, the Philippines has never won a gold medal in the SEA Games history.
In contrast, the best in the region is throwing in the 17 mid-range. The closest anyone ever got was another Los Angeles Fil-Aam named Bruce Ventura, who finished second at the 1993 SEA Games as a 20-year-old; Bruce later went on the play. College Football blew out his knee; the first season was never quite the same again, ending his career early.
However, Caleb comes in as a real-deal solution to the drought in the SEA Games shot put. Eleazer Sunang, who broke Bruce Ventura’s 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 deep in the 17-meter range will definitely secure the country another two medals.
An exciting discovery, 24-year-old Caleb Stuart. In June, Caleb is bringing two gold medals to the South East Asian Games Athletics effort in Singapore. Stuart has just graduated from the University of 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 representing 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. Before 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 have found a worthy heir to the four-time gold medalist Arniel, who can restore the Philippines’ gold medal.
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
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 Janthima (16.94), Polyeam (16.86), and Thawat (16.80) rank behind him. The PNG Champion Eleazer Sunang 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 recently became a parent with his wife, long jump queen Marestella Torres. In the spirit of good sportsmanship, they welcomed the discovery of Stuart. Saying it was perfect 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 the 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 as his #3 event. He has a personal best of 49.96m, which is #5 in Southeast Asia this year. The list is led by 19-year-old Mohd Irfan Shamsuddin of Malaysia, 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 52.10m was the Philippines ‘ only win at the SEA Games level.
National Open and National Records
Caleb Stuart is looking forward to competing at the National Open on March 19-22 in Laguna. He will lineup in the Shotput, Discus, and Hammer. The Philippine Airforce team 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.
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, National Rankings rules allow him to be ranked as from the acquisition of his 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 the PSC Commissioner in charge of Athletics Jolly Gomez who quickly identified him as a talent upon further inspection of performances verified by yours truly.
In conclusion, I was very impressed when we saw Stuart’s record as his best performances were significantly better than the SEA Gold medals and the actual SEA Records in two events.
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 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 improve my marks greatly and that I can be a champion of the Philippines, maybe even for multiple events.
Caleb Stuart Sponsorship
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 (Morgan Stuart played for the Philippine Softball Team). Commissioner Jolly Gomez of the Philippine Sports Commission helped bring him to the Track and Field squad’s attention and acquire Stuart’s Filipino Passport (his mother is Filipino).
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. However, he came in 17th in the US Championships and 11th in the Hammer’s NCAA Championships 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 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 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 defeated the SEA Games, Bronze medalist Jackie Wong of Malaysia in the Hammer Throw. Stuart also beat the National Record Holder Eleazer Sunang in the Shotput.
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.
The next goal for Caleb and his coach, Shaun McGinley, is to hit the Rio Olympics’ 77m standard.
The Next Goal
At 25 years old, Caleb has about 5-10 years before reaching 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. We saw him giving a motivational lecture to the Leyte ‘Yolanda Victim’ children at the National Open.
Inspiring the Next Generation
Caleb wants to inspire and 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 successfully defended 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, as well 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.”
- 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
- Phone: +1 951 288 8082
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: www.calebstuart.com
- Hammer: 68.86m (225’ 11”)
- Shot Put: 17.88m (58’ 8”)
- Discus: 49.98m (164’ 0”)
- 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
Big West Performance List:
NCAA Hammer Performance List:
USATF National Outdoor Championship Results:
Archived Stories from Collegiate Career
- Caleb Stuarts Finishes 17th In The Hammer Throw At USATF Championships.
- Ted Hooper, Caleb Stuart Set For USA Track & Field Outdoor Championship
- Caleb Stuart Named UC Riverside Male Student-Athlete Of The Year
- UC Riverside Honors 2013-14 At The SCOTTY Awards
- Highlander Highlight: A Day In The Life Of … Caleb Stuart
- Track & Field Sends Seven To NCAA West Preliminary Round In Fayetteville, Arkansas
- Named Big West Conference Male Field Athlete of the Year
- Caleb Stuart Wins Two Titles On Day One Of Big West Championship
- Caleb Stuart Named Big West Conference Male Field Athlete Of The Week
- Wins Hammer Throw At 35th Sun Angel Track Classic
- Caleb Stuart Breaks School Hammer Throw Record, Ranks Second In Nation
- Named Big West Conference Field Athlete Of The Week
- Men’s And Women’s Track & Field Each Post Four First Place Finishes At All-Cal Challenge Cup
- Four UC Riverside Records Fall At Husky Classic
- Smith, Stuart, Swafford Ready For NCAA Championships, June 6-9
- Ryan Swafford Join Travis Smith At NCAA Championships
- Caleb Stuart Takes 3rd Among Collegians In Hammer At Triton Invitational
- Caleb Stuart Breaks His Own Hammer Throw Record At Arizona State
- PRESS-ENTERPRISE: UCR Athletes Learn The Hammer Throw Quickly
- Caleb Stuart Crushes Hammer Throw Record At Spring Break Invitational
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)
- 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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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. And Currently is Consultant Coach with VMUF 2021-
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 Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles.
Currently working towards a Masters Degree in Education.
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