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App State throwers are ready to go for the 2016-17 season.
Courtesy: Sun Belt Conference
Track Preview: Throwers
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Thursday 11/24/2016 (ET)
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Leading up the start of the indoor track season, appstatesports.com will preview each coach and their athletes. Today, we take an inside look at the Mountaineer throwers.

Coach Wykoff’s Notes

“Everyone in my group is looking really good, especially for this time of the year,” said coach Erin Wykoff. “ Being here for over a year now, I know them a little bit better as athletes and just in general. I have been pleasantly surprised so far, especially in how some of the newcomers have handled the heavier implements. So I have a lot to look forward to for the upcoming season.”

Preparing for the Season

In the offseason, Coach Wykoff focused on repetition and pushed her throwers’ strength levels in the weight room. In the weeks leading up the to first track meet, the throwers’ practices consist of standing throws and drills that focus on emphasizing the last portion of the throw to gain as much distance as possible. The Mountaineers also continue to increase repetition and rhythm so they are ready to throw for the first week of competition. Lastly, the student-athletes lift at least three times a week to continue to build their strength levels developed in the offseason to maximize distance in their throws.

Beasts in the Ring

Appalachian returns a bunch of throwers that fared well in the Sun Belt Conference last season. On the men’s side, Nathan Milch, Ellsworth Parham and Peter Kenn will represent the Black and Gold in the circle. Milch took second in the shot put and fourth in the weight throw at the indoor championships, and represented the Mountaineers at the 2016 NCAA East Preliminaries in the shot put. Parham comes back to Boone for his senior year after a junior campaign in which he finished ninth in the shot put and 17th in the weight throw at the conference championships held in Birmingham, Ala. Lastly, Kenn returns to the High Country looking to make his mark in the Sun Belt after redshirting his first year.

For the women, App State welcomes back a bunch of upperclassmen for the 2016-17 campaign. India McWhorter, Amber Daniel, Ashley Muschiatti and Samantha Welborn will represent the Black in Gold in the shot put and weight throw this indoor season. McWhorter led the throws group last season tossing the best shot put and weight marks of the season and grabbing the highest finish of all female throwers at last year’s indoor championship meet (ninth place in the weight throw).

Joining the Mountaineer throws squad for the 2016-17 track season are Michael Albert, Nicolas Botett and Henry Miller. Albert was Virginia’s state champion in the shot put and discus his senior year.  Botett claimed the 2016 conference champion crown in the discus and placed second in the discus at New Jersey’s Group 4 State Meet. Rounding out the newcomers is Miller who transferred from Lenoir-Rhyn and produced his best weight throw performance at the JDL College Kick-off and placed third.

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