NORTH ANDOVER — When it comes to describing the success that Lucas Frost has had in two years of the throwing the javelin, it's tough to figure out the most amazing part of it all.
Is it the fact that since he's competed at the varsity level, he has won every major meet, with the exception of two?
Is it the fact that he only has basically 24 weeks of experience, is the returning All-State Champion and is seeded first in this weekend's All-State Meet?
Is it the fact that two weeks ago, he threw 194'02, yes one hundred and ninety four feet-plus?
Or is it the fact that on Sunday, he threw 184 feet, captured his second straight Division 3 Eastern Mass title, yet walked away still not completely satisfied with his performance?
"My throws weren't too good today and I wasn't all that happy," he said, while he also had similar comments after winning the MVC Meet for the second straight year the week before. "I really wanted to get around 190 feet and perhaps get to 200 (before the season ends)."
Since appearing in his first varsity meet last April — after playing two years of sub-varsity baseball — Frost threw 149-7. He went on to win the Andover Boosters Meet (173-05), the MVC Meet (165-06), Division 3 EMass Championship (174-04) and All-States (179-10) before finishing fourth in New England (176-02).
This season, over the last three weeks, he won the Weston Twilight Meet (175-05), finished second at the prestigious Loucks Games in New York (194-02, which broke the school record), won the MVC Meet (177-04) and won the D3 Meet again (184-00).
Yet he was a bit disappointed.
"Lucas was really good today," said head coach Peter Molloy. "He had arguably the second best day of his career with three throws in the 180s. He had his day in New York where he had a couple of throws in the 190s so everything else in his career had always been in the 170s. This is literally the second best day of his career. I don't know how he felt about his throws today, but I thought he was just fine."
The 184-foot mark came on Frost's first attempt. He unleashed the javelin from the top left side before it sailed deep into the blue sky but across the field to the far right, into some light wind. He said that he didn't plan on it going to the far right, it was just a slight mechanics issue.
"Recently I've been having trouble as I start my crossovers, I keep my arm low and not straight so I have to work on keeping it more out, up and straight and I have been having trouble with that lately," he said. "It hasn't been too much of a problem because I've been trying to work on other things like keep my weight back, get faster with my steps and I think I have been making a little bit of progress on that stuff."
After that first throw, his other attempts didn't match up to 184, but were still in the low 180s.
"It's crazy to say but he's still new to the event," said Molloy. "He's only thrown it what, twenty-four weeks of his entire career, last spring and this spring, so he still has way more weeks in his track career. The fact that he had three throws in the 180s to me, in my experience, is phenomenal."
NEW PIECE OF EQUIPMENT
Back when Frost was at the Loucks Games, his strongest competition came from sophomore Ian Hall of Rogers High School in Rhode Island. The two actually competed against one another during the New Englands last June with Hall taking second throwing 185-02 and Frost fourth with his aforementioned 176-02 throw.
At the Loucks Games, Hall won the event throwing an incredible 203-02. And during the competition, he and Frost started chatting and before you knew it, Hall introduced Frost to his javelin and urged Frost to compete with it. He obliged and tossed his career best of 194-02, coming in second place behind Hall.
Immediately after returning from New York, TMHS Athletic Director Ron Drouin was told about the javelin that Frost used. This past Friday, a model very close to the one Frost used in New York, a “Nemeth 800g, 90-meter javelin” was delivered to the school as an equipment addition for the entire track program. Frost used it in Saturday's competition.
"A ton of credit goes to Ron Drouin and (Business Manager) Dave Libby for working their tails off to make sure that we can get our kids whatever they need," said Molloy. "Last year they worked it out so Krista (Stracqualursi) could get a better discus (and she went on to win an Eastern Mass Championship title)."
Molloy went on to express that in his opinion, what Drouin does day in and day out for the student-athletes at TMHS is beyond astonishing.
"I think you would be hard pressed to find not just an athletic director, but any single administrator in Massachusetts, who works harder for student-athletes than Ron Drouin," he said. "I do not think you will find a single one. He will do everything he can for the coach because he knows that the coach is doing everything they can for the athlete.
"At the same time, Drouin expects you as a coach to be communicative, so if there's something that's not going right with your team to let him know ahead of time. It's not like he is just going out there and getting you anything that you want and here's the party. He has very high expectations and it's so easy to meet them and try to over exceed them as a coach because you know that he will try to meet your expectations.
“I love working for him, but I think he would say that we work together. I just love working for him."
The new javelin came in on Friday and Frost barely had any time to get comfortable with it as the D3 Meet was the next day. He explained that because of particular rules, he was not allowed to warm-up with the new javelin prior to the D3 Meet, but could use it once the competition begun.
"It's better built and the weight is more equally spread," said Frost, while he further explained some technical differences between his old jav and this new one.
Due to the lack of time with the new javelin, Molloy feels that could explain why Frost wasn't too particularly happy with his marks in the 180-foot range.
"The less that's on your mind, the more free you are, the better you are going to move. The better you move, the better you throw, run or jump," said Molloy. "So whenever a coach or an athlete is dealing with something new, it slows everything down because you're thinking about it too much and that turns your body down and can make your performances worse.
“The fact that Lucas threw in the 180s with some stuff on his mind, I'm not too worried about it. He's hard on himself which is not the worst thing in the world. He's going to be fine. At Westfield, you throw off a track, a synthetic surface, so he's going to let them fly."
Frost will enter the All-State Meet as the No. 1 seed but certainly — especially in this event — there's no guarantee whatsoever that he will win, no matter if he has his old javelin, the new one, or the one from the movie 'Revenge of the Nerds'.
"I am happy with what I have done so far (in terms of place finishes) but I would really like to throw 200 feet," he said. "That would be nice. I think I can do it, but I just need to put everything together."