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Are you a high school thrower who is looking to improve your technique while building the strength required to beat the competition and throw far when it matters most?!  

Whether your goal is to earn a Varsity letter, qualify for State or dream of making an Olympic Team.. The California Strength Throwing Program will put you in the right position to be successful.

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Emily March (GHS, 2018)

  • Shot Put PR: 39’ 5”

  • Discus PR: 155’ 2”

  • Placed 6th at the 2018 California State Meet in the Discus

Mark Silverthorn (GHS, 2018) - Washington State University

  • Shot Put PR: 55’ 3”

  • Discus PR: 158’ 4”

  • 2x California State Qualifier

Oliver Grajeda (GHS, 2016) - Montana State University

  • Shot Put PR: 55’ 6.25”

  • Discus PR: 142’ 1”

  • NCS Tri-Valley Runner Up

Tori Palma (AVHS, 2016) - University of California, Santa Barbara

  • AVHS School Record: 40'0" (Shot)

  • EBAL and NCS Champion

Nathan Esparza (AVHS, 2016) - University of California, Los Angeles

  • Shot Put PR: 69' 4.75" (12lb) in the CIF California State Championship Finals

    • Holds the California State Record for farthest 2nd Place Finish in State Championship History

  • Discus PR: 191' 5" (1.6kg Discus) in the CIF California State Championship Prelims

  • AVHS Shot Put and Discus Records, EBAL Meet Record, NCS Record, MOC Meet Record

  • 2016 California State Qualifier in both Shot Put and Discus

Nate Vickers (AVHS) - Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Jake Rounds (Heritage HS) - Northern Arizona University

Cody Bickham (St. Francis HS, 2013) - University of California, Berkeley

Matt Esparza (AVHS, 2013) - University of California, Berkeley

Scott Esparza (AVHS, 2010) - University of California, Berkeley

Stephen Burke (MVHS, 2010) - University of California, Berkeley

Chris Krychev (MVHS, 2007) - University of Texas, Austin

David Spitz (MVHS) - University of Southern California

California Strength's Head Throws Coach

Scott Esparza

Scott first started at California Strength at the beginning of his senior year of high school, joining what had been an already accomplished throwing program run by Dave Spitz. Following high school, Scott went on to compete as a NCAA Division 1 Student-Athlete in the Hammer and Weight Throw for the University of California, Berkeley.  He graduated in 2015 with a degree in American Studies, concentrating in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution and has returned to California Strength where he specializes in developing our youth and high school throwing programs. 


CSCS from the National Strength and Conditioning Association

CPR/AED Certified

Athletic Background

Competed for the University of California, Berkeley from 2010 - 2015

2012 NCAA Outdoor National Championship Qualifier, finishing 21st in the country.

Four-time NCAA West Regional Qualifier in the Hammer Throw

Currently tied for 3rd on Cal's All-Time Hammer List

Scored at the Pac-12 Conference Championships 3 out of 4 years while at Cal. 

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