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Millan is Livingston's Iron Man

In between the grunting and pushing, the pulling and throwing of iron, a foundation was poured.

With his star pupil in the middle of a workout, Livingston throws coach Bob Pryor allowed his mind to wander.

He began to think of the all-timers he's coached throughout his long career; "the dreamboats," as he calls 'em.

Eventually, he settled on former Atwater wrestling star Jamill Kelly, an Olympic silver medalist.

"You know, I got to hold his silver medal," teacher told student.

Livingston senior Albert Millan's ears perked up.

"That's what I want to do, coach," he said, diving into his own Olympic ambitions. "If I don't make it in 2012, I want to go in 2016."

Unrealistic? Not to Pryor, who didn't bat an eye at Millan's plans.

"That's a great goal," Pryor said. "Man, you got the right tools."

First things first: Millan still has to prove himself on California's brightest stage, the CIF State Track and Field Championships.

Millan burst onto the scene last spring, finishing 12th in the shot put at state.

"I'm glad I went to state. I was nervous and shaking. I had to see what it was like," he said. "It gave me experience. This year I'll be ready for it."

To get back, he'll need to place in the top-3 at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet at Hughes Stadium in Sacramento, which begins today.

Millan will be chasing two of the state's best throwers, Jesuit brothers Josh and Jeremy Hines.

"We know all about those guys. We can hardly wait," Pryor said. "They threw well last week, but so did we."

The defending Masters champ in the shot put, Jeremy Hines has posted the state's top mark — 63 feet, 9¾ inches. Josh Hines ranks 13th in the state in the discus with a 178-9 set last week at the Division 1 meet.

Millan is close.

His PR in the shot — 59-10.5 — ranks among the leaders in the state this season. His discus throw of 177-7 places him just outside the top-15.

He was brilliant, if not uncharacteristically bold, at the Division 3 championships last week.

Millan won both events, setting new meet records in the discus (174-3) and shot put (55-9).

"To watch him bloom," Livingston track coach Chris Lacey started, "it was like a light flipped on his sophomore year. There was no doubt in my mind that when he figured out he could hit 45 feet, he'd go after 50 and 60 feet.

"His goals and expectations are so high now, there's nothing a coach can demand of him that he doesn't already demand of himself."

He is Livingston's very own Iron Man — as big and as strong as a tank, with circle-spinning agility of a sportscar. Since the start of spring workouts, Millan has added 45 pounds of muscle to his already-sturdy frame.

He warms up with heavier equipment, performs plyometrics to improve his footwork and loses himself in an Olympic lifting program.

He's been known to drive himself as far as Los Angeles for throwing camps and has already begun to dabble with college implements.

And for good reason.

Two weeks ago, he signed a full-ride scholarship to throw the hammer, javelin, discus and shot at Sacramento State next spring.

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