2013 Indoor Track and Field Outlook - Throws
The Duck men and women look to continue to improve in the two indoor throws - the shot put and the weight throw - under the direction of new throws coach Erik Whitsitt.
Junior Laura Bobek leads an intriguing group of women that includes newcomers Brittany Mann and Jillian Weir. Bobek (Astoria, Ore.) looks to carry a strong 2012 outdoor season into the new year. Oregon's top indoor performer in both throws a year ago (43-9/13.33m shot; 50-5.5/15.38m weight throw), Bobek saw big improvements in the spring in the shot put, where she hit an all conditions best of 47-8/14.53m. She was also a Pac-12 scorer in the discus.
Weir, a sophomore transfer from Long Beach State, had a remarkable fall and could be a pleasant surprise for the Ducks. She had a shot put best of 46-11/14.30m outdoor competing unattached last spring. Mann (Beverly Hills, Mich.) looks to be able to contribute right out of high school with top prep marks of 44-7 in the shot put and 47-8 in the weight throw.
The women also have depth on the roster in freshmen Daphne Chambers (Springfield, Ore.), Katie Gruys (Maple Lake, Minn.), Lauren Sens (Elk Grove, Calif.) and Annie Whitfield (Sweet Home, Ore.) and sophomore Rachel Sherrell (Parkdale, Ore.).
Sophomore Greg Skipper (Oregon City, Ore.) looks to build on his solid freshman campaign where he had a best mark of 56-11.25/17.35m in the weight throw. Senior Miles Walk (Lilburn, Ga.) was also among Oregon's leaders in both the weight throw and the shot put. He had a best of 56-10/17.32m in the weight throw and 47-5.25/14.46m in the shot.
There could be a number of new faces throwing for the Ducks this winter, including freshmen T.J. Brassil (Clayton, Calif.), Ryan Hunter-Simms (Highland, Calif.) and Marcus McArdle (Independence, Ore.).
Junior Tanner Harris (Eugene, Ore.), a Pac-12 scorer in the hammer, and sophomore Ron Perkins (Redmond, Ore.) could also see some action indoors as could Pac-12 javelin champion Sam Crouser (Gresham, Ore.).
The 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships are coming to Historic Hayward Field June 5-8 (http://www.ncaa.com/championships/trackfield-outdoor-men/d1#!championship_br_home).