Thursday will be yet another busy day for Dominic Curole.
First, the Chalmette junior will throw the javelin in the Bobby Nuss Track and Field Invitational at his high school.
Then he’ll scurry off to Bonnabel and play outfield for Chalmette in its game against the Bruins.
“It’s not as hard as it seems,” Curole said. “The transition from one sport to another is easy. I don’t mind because I just love playing sports.”
Curole is a three-sport star for the Owls, also playing quarterback on the football team.
Baseball, he says, is his favorite sport of the three. (The No. 2-hole hitter is batting around .350 this season.)
But he is starting to make his mark in the javelin, something he began doing last season.
He enters Thursday’s meet as the defending Nuss Invitational champion and is coming off a personal best throw of 176 feet, three inches in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Track and Field Classic last Friday.
Not bad considering it was his first meet of the season. Especially when you throw in the fact that he rarely gets to practice the javelin because of baseball.
“That’s really a strong effort for a kid who doesn’t work out every day,” said Jim Bickford, assistant track coach at Chalmette. “That’s pretty unusual to be as good in three sports as he is. And to do as well as he is doing without a great amount of practice in the javelin. If he was just doing javelin, he would be working out four days week. But he just doesn’t have that luxury because of baseball.”
So instead, Curole just fits practice in whenever he can, normally once or twice a week for about 30-45 minutes at a time.
Sometimes he will try to sneak a few throws in before a baseball game or during P.E. classes.
“A lot of people think javelin is all about strength, but it’s more about technique,” Curole said. “Balancing three sports with my school work, it’s kind of difficult.”
Curole’s goal this season is to throw 185 feet and to make it to the LHSAA state meet that he fell just short of last season.
Curole has a chance at setting the Nuss meet record on Thursday. That mark (176 feet, 8 inches) was set in 2013 by Danshawn Jenkins of De La Salle. The Chalmette school record (183, 8 inches) is held by Bret Diaz, who did it in the 2009 state meet.
“He’s a determined kid,” Bickford said. “He is quiet and not a ‘ra ra’ kid. He just believes in himself and is extremely competitive.”
This year marks the 49th year of the Bobby Nuss Track and Field Invitational, the oldest high school track meet in the metro area.
Other local teams in the field include: John Curtis, De La Salle, Newman, St. Martin’s, Holy Rosary, Shaw, Dominican, Chapelle, Ursuline Academy, Academy of Our Lady, Cabrini and McGehee.