Student athlete profile
Last updated 3/11/2020 at 4:36pm | View PDF
Name: Ammar Hussain
Hometown: Oak Brook
When did you start throwing discus?
In seventh grade, a bunch of my friends were doing track, and my wanted me to run. I started running, and (the coaches) wanted me to try discus. I was pretty good at it. My junior high didn't have a track team, but then I started throwing again here freshman year.
How have you evolved as an athlete since freshman year?
I didn't have a lot of technique coming out of middle school. I came into Central throwing about 75 feet my freshman year and jumped up to 90 feet that year. As a sophomore, I threw 115 feet and won conference.
What events do you compete in?
I throw discus and shot put, but mostly focus on discus.
How would your teammates describe you?
Probably as a leader. I'm the only one who's been here four years now, so this year I've taken on a larger leadership role with the throwers by leading a lot of the drills and teaching them the skills that my coaches taught me.
How do you prepare for a meet?
I don't want to do a heavy lift at all the day before. I want to get a lot of practice throws in and get a lot of rest. The day of (the meet) I'll eat a turkey sandwich and try not to get too excited, too nervous.
What does it take to excel in throwing?
A lot of people think it's pretty much upper body, but I'd say it's even more so lower body strength. It's how fast you can get moving and how much power you can generate in two seconds.
What's your goal for the season?
In discus, I'm hoping to get first or second at conference. In shot put, if I can contribute to the team score, that'd be great.
What is your career goal?
My ultimate goal would be to work with a sports organization or agency in a business capacity.
Why does coach Jim Westphal like having Hussain on the squad?
Ammar is a hard worker, great student and very involved in the Central community. He's a great role model for the younger athletes, always positive and encouraging of everyone, no matter their event. Ammar goes above and beyond and is an overall great teammate.
- profile by Ken Knutson, photo by Jim Slonoff