Full name: Joseph Griffith Loy
Academic interest: Chemistry and History
Event prs: 57'1.5" and 156.9'5"
Hobbies: Fishing, hunting, hanging with family and friends, having a good time, sports
Events at state: Shot and discus
scrunners: How would you rate your performance at the state qualifier?
loy: A 10 considering I qualified.
scrunners: Where you do feel this puts you for state?
loy: In the drivers seat.
scrunners: What do you want to achieve at state?
loy: A 60 foot shot put and 160 discus, win shot, medal in discus.
scrunners: You have one year left of high school after this season, what kind of goals do you have for the future?
loy: Doubles state championship and a state record 70' shot by the end of high school.
scrunners: What kind of competition do you prefer? How do you adapt to different kinds?
loy: The best, it brings out the best in me.
scrunners: What kind of training do you have this week?
loy: Minimal training, lifting weights, maximum relaxation.
scrunners: How do you prepare the day of a meet?
loy: Joke with my friends, in vision that perfect throw and winning, talk to my Momma and teammates, pray for strength.
scrunners: How would you rate your season ?
loy: A 10 considering I have already improved 18 feet in shot since last year, but I still know I have more left.
scrunners: What would you like to say to your teammates and coaches about this season?
loy: I'd like to thank my seniors for all that they do for the team as well as my coaches and tell them I dont care what I do as long as we win, I want this for my team, not myself, and that I love all my bros.
scrunners: Do you have any postseason plans?
loy: New Balance Nationals, football, track, camps for both sports, fishing, hanging with friends and family, blowing off my summer reading
scrunners: How and why did you get involved with track and field?
loy: One of our distance coaches, Coach Taylor, was my PE teacher sophomore year and he recruited me to come out and I loved him to much to say no, one of the best decisions of my life.
scrunners: Do you remember your first meet? What do you remember about it?
loy: Yes, a scrimmage vs. Wando... I threw 35'5' and 106'6".
scrunners: Do you have any family members involved in the sport?
loy: My cousin, Parkwood, is a pole vaulter on the team, he is competing at state.
scrunners: What motivates you on a daily basis for practice, life and meets?
loy: The thought of not being number one and losing, my family and friends, the thought of a scholarship, and honoring God through my athletic abilities.
scrunners: Have you been injured, and how did you handle the injury while trying to stay in shape?
loy: I tore my MCL sophomore year after football, I was so motivated for track I put in the work to get healthy, I did speed work on my lower body and alot of upper body strength.
scrunners: If there is one thing in the world you could do, what would it be and why?
loy: Hang with family and friends, eventually track will be gone and they are all that will be left.
scrunners: What do you feel you have learned from track and field?
loy: Refusal to give up=refusal to fail=INEVITABLE SUCESS over time.
scrunners: What would you like to see happen in the state at the high school level of track and field?
loy: More schools get better coaching and facilities... I see a lot of great athletes who have no guidance and their talents are wasted, Im sure some of those kids could have a brighter future athletically and just overall in life if they had the right opportunities.
Do you like shorts or jeans...Denimz for sure!
Do you like Words with Friends or Angry Birds...Angry Birds
Do you like Facebook or Instagram...I prefer the FB.
Do you like going out or being at home...I don't care as long as I'm with my people.
Favorite trainers....Don't run, but I love all shoes that look moderately good and have good heel support.
Favorite racers.....Nike ZOOM SD 3's.
Favorite place to train.....My BE ring and BE weight room, its like a second home.
Role models......Parents, grandparents, and brother, Quinten Turner is an awesome guy, and I love Adam Nelson.
Any other interesting note about yourself……..I'm 25-percent Mexican, and I love my French Brittany-Spaniel, Geechee Girl.
Coach Tony Colizzi on Loy
What do you think of Griffie as a student-athlete?
Griffie is a great kid. He works hard in the classroom and on the athletic field. I have never met a kid who was willing to work harder to perfect their craft.
What do you seeing him and the team doing this weekend?
I see Griffie competing well in both the shot and discus. I believe he will PR in both events and if he does he should win the shot put and be in the top 3 in the discus.
How have you seen him progress?
I have seen more progress from Griffie than any other thrower I have ever coached. In one year he has gone from 39’ in the shot to over 57’. I attribute that to his throws coach, Laurie Borden, Griffie hard work and his work with Coach Venning over the summer.
What goals do you see him achieving in the future and the team?
Griffie has set a goal of becoming a college thrower and he will achieve this goal and I believe he will have great success in his college career.
What is it like to coach an athlete like Griffie?
You cannot ask for a better kid to coach. He not only works hard but he is a great teammate. I rarely have captains who are not seniors but Griffie made that decision easy. He is loved by his teammates and he loves track and field. You will see him at a meet cheering on each and every one of his teammates regardless of their abilities or what events they compete in.