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Sophomore thrower hurls his way to nationals

Trojans thrower for track and field, Jeremy Albertson, was a freshman last year but is already on par with past leading Trojans throwers.

On July 4, Albertson threw a personal best in two events, the shot put and the discus at a regional Junior Olympics track meet in Reno. This meet qualified him for the Junior Olympics Nationals in Virginia Beach, Virginia on Aug. 1 thru Aug. 8.

At that meet, Albertson took first place in the discus with a 120-foot throw and then threw a 34-foot shot to finish in third place in 15-16 year-old division.

The thrower said he owes his success to his club team in Las Vegas.

"€œI train three to four days a week in Las Vegas and I haven’t stopped training since track ended in May,"€ he said. "€œI want to continue to work on my technique and keeping things tight and using my whole body to throw."

Albertson said he will play football this fall as defensive end. He said his goal for his sophomore year is to throw over 40 feet in the shot and 140 feet in the discus. Top throwers in Division 1-A are throwing from 40 to 50 feet in the shot and from 140 to 152 feet in the discus.

Trojans athletic director Ed Kirkwood said he has heard nothing but good things about Albertson from his track coach.

"€œHe had a great year and finished the year in the regionals and that is tough to do as a freshman,"€ he said. "€œHe is a hard worker and soaks things up like a sponge."



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