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Making The Transition

Freshman Anthony Shivers

Nov. 19, 2013

By Maura Jones ‘ 14

Making the transition from high school to college is difficult enough, let alone moving out of state to attend school, majoring in biochemistry, pursuing the dream of medical school and joining a Division I sports team. While these goals may seem daunting for some, freshman thrower Anthony Shivers is making the transition gracefully.

When asked about his transition, Shivers humbly admits, “Right now I am getting accustomed to everything. My transition has been really smooth. I think that is really just another example of how great Notre Dame is. It made everything so easy.”

After his visit last fall, Shivers became convinced that Notre Dame had everything that he was looking for. Students and student-athletes at Notre Dame are known for being hard working and high achieving. By this measure, Shivers fits right in. 

“I liked the atmosphere,” Shivers says of his visit. “It seemed like everybody was striving for something, and that is really what I was looking for in college. Everyone that I’ve met here is really hard working, and when you see that it really inspires you. I’m a product of my environment.”

Shivers is no stranger to competing in competitive atmospheres. He won the Division II OHSAA Track and Field state championships in discus both junior and senior years of high school. He also placed sixth in Ohio in the shot put his senior year of high school.  Shivers attributes his success to good coaching and says that he has always looked up to his older siblings in sports.

This year, Shivers will join a team of highly successful throwers led by Coach Adam Beltran. Although a competitive atmosphere, Shivers says that his teammates are welcoming and know how to have fun.


 

 

“It is really easy to be a freshman on the throwing team because they took me in when I visited, and they are a really tight knit group,” he recalls. “We hang out all of the time. They have made that really easy for me being the new guy.” 

Not only is Shivers fitting in with the group, but he adds that, “I look up to the five seniors on the throwing team. They are really good at mentoring me and teaching me. They are really, really helpful.”

Shivers has already seen improvements in the discus under Beltran’s guidance. Only a few months in, Shivers has already been pushed out of his comfort zone and is learning to throw the hammer. 

“Hammer is something new to me,” he explains. “It was difficult at first, but Coach Beltran worked with me and now it is coming along really well. It’s been better than I expected.” 

Highly motivated to succeed, Shivers plans to work hard for the team.

“With throwing I want to do well for Notre Dame,” he says. “I want to compete against other schools, do well, and represent Notre Dame in that way. I set personal goals, but everything I do is for the team.”

Shivers’ motivation does not end on the track though. He is also working hard to one day become a doctor. The freshman has been inspired to join the medical profession by his love of science and family members who are doctors and in medical school.

Given his goals, it is unsurprising that Shivers wishes he had more hours in the day. 

“The worst part is how little free time I have,” he says. “I am busy all of the time, which has its ups and downs.”

However he never once mentions the difficulty of his classes or athletics. Ultimately, he is happy with his time at Notre Dame so far. 

“I’ve had a lot of great experiences here,” Shivers says with a smile. “The people I have met—the students, teachers, and the faculty—have been great. Everybody helps each other out. The guys on my floor in O’Neill are awesome. I was confident in choosing to come here. I knew it was the right decision, and I’ve loved it so far.”

Already it seems that Shivers is on the fast track to success in athletics and academics. He will have the opportunity to showcase his talent in his first collegiate meet at Blue & Gold meet at Notre Dame Dec. 6. 

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Event Calendar

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December 2
12 wins
Blue & Gold Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind.
RECAP

Blue & Gold Invitational Meet Information
Blue & Gold Invitational Schedule
January 14
11:00 AM
Illini Classic
Champaign, Ill. (University of Illinois-Armory)
January 21
11:00 AM
Notre Dame Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind.

Notre Dame Invitational Meet Information
Notre Dame Invitational Schedule
January 28
10:00 AM
Big Ten/Power 5 Clash
Iowa City, Iowa (University of Iowa-Recreation Bldg.)
February 3
10:00 AM
Meyo Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind.

Meyo Invitational Meet Information
Meyo Invitational Schedule
February 4
10:00 AM
Meyo Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind.
February 10
12:00 PM
Spire D-I Invitational
Geneva, Ohio (Spire Institute)
February 10
12:00 PM
Tiger Paw Invitational
Clemson, S.C. (Clemson University-Indoor Track & Field Complex)
February 10
12:00 PM
Iowa State Classic
Ames, Iowa (Iowa State University-Lied Recreation Center)
February 11
12:00 PM
Iowa State Classic
Ames, Iowa (Iowa State University-Lied Recreation Center)
February 11
12:00 PM
Tiger Paw Invitational
Clemson, S.C. (Clemson University-Indoor Track & Field Complex)
February 11
12:00 PM
Spire D-I Invitational
Geneva, Ohio (Spire Institute)
February 18
10:00 AM
Alex Wilson Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind.
February 23
11:00 AM
ACC Indoor Championships
Notre Dame, Ind.
February 24
11:00 AM
ACC Indoor Championships
Notre Dame, Ind.
February 25
11:00 AM
ACC Indoor Championships
Notre Dame, Ind.
March 10
5:00 PM
NCAA Indoor Championships
College Station, Texas (Texas A&M-Gilliam Indoor Stadium)
March 11
5:00 PM
NCAA Indoor Championships
College Station, Texas (Texas A&M-Gilliam Indoor Stadium)
March 18
11:00 AM
Yellow Jacket Invitational
Atlanta, Ga. (Georgia Tech-George C. Griffin Track)
March 24
12:00 PM
Raleigh Relays
Raleigh, N.C. (NC State-Paul Derr Track)
March 25
12:00 PM
Raleigh Relays
Raleigh, N.C. (NC State-Paul Derr Track)
March 30
10:00 AM
Texas Relays
Austin, Texas (University of Texas-Mike Meyers Stadium)
March 31
10:00 AM
Texas Relays
Austin, Texas (University of Texas-Mike Meyers Stadium)
March 31
10:00 AM
Stanford Invitational
Palo Alto, Calif. (Stanford University-Cobb Track)
April 1
10:00 AM
Stanford Invitational
Palo Alto, Calif. (Stanford University-Cobb Track)
April 1
10:00 AM
Texas Relays
Austin, Texas (University of Texas-Mike Meyers Stadium)
April 7
11:00 AM
Sun Angel Track Classic
Tempe, Ariz. (Arizona State University-Sun Angel Track)
April 8
11:00 AM
Sun Angel Track Classic
Tempe, Ariz. (Arizona State University-Sun Angel Track)
April 15
12:00 PM
ACC/Big Ten Challenge
Louisville, Ky. (University of Louisville-Cardinal Park)
April 21
10:00 AM
Virginia Challenge
Charlottesville, Va. (University of Virginia-Lannigan Field)
April 22
10:00 AM
Virginia Challenge
Charlottesville, Va. (University of Virginia-Lannigan Field)
April 22
11:00 AM
Michael Johnson Invitational
Waco, Texas (Baylor University-Clyde Hart T&F Stadium)
April 27
1:00 PM
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa. (University of Penn-Ben Franklin Field)
April 28
12:00 PM
Gina Relays
Hillsdale, Mich. (Hillsdale College-Ken Herrick Track)
April 28
1:00 PM
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa. (University of Penn-Ben Franklin Field)
April 29
12:00 PM
Gina Relays
Hillsdale, Mich. (Hillsdale College-Ken Herrick Track)
April 29
1:00 PM
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa. (University of Penn-Ben Franklin Field)
May 6
3:00 PM
Billy Hayes Invitational
Bloomington, Ind. (Indiana University-Haugh Track Complex)
May 12
6:00 PM
ACC Outdoor Championships
Atlanta, Ga. (Georgia Tech-George C. Griffin Track)
May 13
6:00 PM
ACC Outdoor Championships
Atlanta, Ga. (Georgia Tech-George C. Griffin Track)
May 14
6:00 PM
ACC Outdoor Championships
Atlanta, Ga. (Georgia Tech-George C. Griffin Track)
May 25
3:00 PM
NCAA East Regional
Lexington, Ky. (University of Kentucky-UK Track)
May 26
3:00 PM
NCAA East Regional
Lexington, Ky. (University of Kentucky-UK Track)
May 27
3:00 PM
NCAA East Regional
Lexington, Ky. (University of Kentucky-UK Track)
June 7
1:00 PM
NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Ore. (University of Oregon-Hayward Field)
June 8
1:00 PM
NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Ore. (University of Oregon-Hayward Field)
June 9
1:00 PM
NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Ore. (University of Oregon-Hayward Field)
June 10
1:00 PM
NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Ore. (University of Oregon-Hayward Field)

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