DeAnna Price (born 8 June 1993) is a US American thrower from Moscow Mills, Missouri USA; competing the shot put, discus and hammer throw. She finished 18th at the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships, is the defending NCAA hammer champion and member of the 2015 Beijing World Championship team.
|2008||Troy Buchanan High School||25′ 6″/ 7,77m||116′ 7″/ 35,53m||dnc||dnc|
|2009||Troy Buchanan High School||32′ 8½”/ 9,96m||127′ 11″/ 38,98m||dnc||dnc|
|2010||Troy Buchanan High School||38′ 6½”/ 11,74m||135′ 2″/ 41,19m||est 45m/ 147′||dnc|
|2011||Troy Buchanan High School||42′ 4″/ 12,90m||149′ 3″/ 45,49m||181′ 1″/ 55.19m||dnc|
|2012||Southern Illinois University||14,10m/ 46′ 3¼”||48,95m/ 160′ 7″||62.62m||33.93m|
|2013||Southern Illinois University||15,02 m/ 49′ 3½”||47,54m/ 155′ 11″||65.18m||32.58m|
|2014||Southern Illinois University||16,29m/ 53′ 5½”||dnc||dnc||dnc|
|2015||Southern Illinois University||16,30m/ 53′ 5¾”||53,46m/ 175′ 4″||71.49m||dnc|
Giving her blood and treasure to three events, with a demanding coach, dealing with injuries, always an underdog–even in training… DeAnna Price‘s time the ring has been a blue collar grind in a group of world class performers in the Illinois backwoods. She’s paid the price and won some prizes.
Zylstra: How did you get started in track and field?
Price: I started track my freshman year to keep in shape for softball. I was going to run the 800m and try to take back my mother’s record at Troy Buchanan High School [Troy, Missouri].
During tryouts I ran into my brother’s good friend Erin Cooper and she convinced me to go out for throwing. After that I met her family (Gary Cooper and Brian Cooper) and they talked me into coming to the training club Throw for the Road. I wanted extra training so after school practice the Coppers would help me. They started the club for helping young kids to develop their track skills
I began throwing hammer my junior year and it accumulated to about three to four months of coach Smith‘s training. Without meeting [the Coopers] and gaining the throwing experience I would probably be playing softball somewhere and never reached my potential in throwing.
Zylstra: What are some keys to a successful track and field training program?
Price: A huge key to being a successful track and field training program is listening and trusting your coach. It becomes a huge advantage, because coaches can have that experience that you have not developed yet.
Another key would be preparation for each day. I make sure that I’m staying hydrated and eating the right foods for what I have to do for practice and competitions. Just being smart and thinking before acting is huge in keeping your body healthy.
Zylstra: How do you handle a stressful situation?
Price: When I was growing up I was in many different sports so I was able to handle many different situations if it came to softball, basketball, volleyball, etc. The one thing I love about track & field is that it relies on you. Yes, it’s a team sport, but it also emphasizes the individual. I know I usually thrive off stressful situations because of my past experiences. It is just something that I was lucky enough to develop at a young age and able to tap into when competing at a higher level. Also saying a little prayer helps to prepare me.
Zylstra: Do you have any long-term track and field goals?
Price: Well, after college I plan on finishing my masters degree in accountancy and getting my CPA [Certified Public Accountant]. I plan on training for a while after college and hopefully be a contender to make the US team at the Olympic Trials. For this year a couple goals would be breaking the SIU hammer record and breaking the collegiate [NCAA] record.
Zylstra: What throwers do you enjoy competing against?
Price: I love competing against my teammates Jeneva [Stevens], Gwen [Berry], and Jessica [Ramsey]. They’re amazing athletes and they push me every day just to be better. I’m really sad that they’re going to be leaving and heading to Ole Miss, but I definitely plan on competing with them in the future. We will always be a team. Also, competing against Amber [Campbell] and Amanda [Bingson] is always fun. They are such great individuals and fantastic athletes.
Zylstra: Who bought you your 1st throwing shoes?
Price: If I remember correctly Gary Cooper was the one to give me my first pair of throwing shoes. Then my parents went searching everywhere for a pair. I didn’t know ordering them online was the easiest way [laughter].
Zylstra: Worst competition? What happened?
Price: The worst competition was probably indoor conference 2014; my junior year. When practicing a couple weeks before conference I was throwing shot put and got up on the toe board wrong and stretched out my MCL, ACL, and PCL in my left-knee. Then they brought me back for the conference meet and we all thought that I was going to be okay but I ended up doing more damage than good and could not throw for nine months and came back in December.
Zylstra: Best competition? What happened?
Price: Best competition is a mixture of several different meets.
#1) Winning the [Missouri Valley Conference] weight title was the most emotional from coming back from my injury [see previous question]. I wasn’t even supposed to compete that indoor season but coach Smith thought that I was ready and he was right. I remember just crying after the meet hugging coach Connie and coach Smith because of all the rehab. All that time and effort I was putting into it finally paid off and from then on I knew I was going to be okay.
#2) Winning outdoor NCAAs was mind blowing! I never thought I was able to reach that distance and when I did I was shocked. I remember thinking No Way I just won NCAAs in the hammer and broke the meet record. I just ran around hugging everyone and happy tears. So overwhelming.
#3) 2nd at the USATF Championships. For this meet I came in knowing I had nothing to lose and wasn’t really expecting to do as well as I did. I knew that I had the aggression and I have the passion of going after a mark but when the number came up 72,30m (237′ 2″) it blew my mind.
Zylstra: As a fan, what are your favorite track & field events?
Price: Steeplechase and 4×4 relay.
Zylstra: Your favorite track & field meet?
Price: NCAA Championships
Zylstra: Favorite rings?
Price: Oregon hammer ring (love the energy there!)
Zylstra: What do you keep in your duffle bag at the meet?
Price: In my duffel bag I have my little three rocks. One that says believe another that says faith and another says strength. I usually also keep a picture of my grandmother who passed away a couple years ago. Along with all those things I have my shoes and my lucky glove.
Zylstra: Do you use and substance to help your grip?
Price: Only during practice; I will use a slack (a piece of leather wrapped around the handle) to save my hands from any blisters and peeling off any callouses.
Zylstra: Do you have favorite implements?
Price: I love the brass Polanik hammer, it’s probably my favorite hands down. I also really like to throw the Dominator hammer.
Zylstra: How do you use the internet to help your throwing?
Price: I usually don’t use the internet. I just feel that good quality throwing comes from one on one. If you don’t have a coach it is good to research and look up material, but it is a disadvantage because you don’t have that person there critiquing what you’re doing. With me, there isn’t anyone out there with better information than my coach. I’m fortunate enough to have a coach who’s always looking to improve our training.
Zylstra: Your greatest experience in track & field so far?
Price: My greatest experience was placing 4th at Pan Ams and competing at NACACs (San Jose, Costa Rica) and will be the Worlds [Championships] (Beijing,China).
Zylstra: Person/people most influential to your success?
Price: The most influential person in track and field would be down to four individuals…
First would be my mother for pushing and believing in me in everything I have ever tried.
Gary Cooper for introducing me to the hammer.
John Smith for developing me into a better thrower.
JC Lambert for helping me become a better technician and making me realize the talent I have.
Zylstra: What role do your coaches play in your life?
Price: My track and field coaches have been Connie Price-Smith and John Smith. They were like parents away from home. They always made sure that I worked hard and gave it my best effort. Even when I didn’t do well they were always very supportive of me and were willing to keep pushing me to be better. I am definitely going to miss them but hope that they have a fantastic journey at Ole Miss.
Zylstra: What’s your best piece of advice?
Price: My advice would be to keep fighting and keeping a positive attitude. Even when things seem to be the hardest that is what differentiates between OK athletes and being one of the best. It has been one heck of a journey.