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Marysville's Jarred Rome and Mike Torie conduct throwing clinic
MARYSVILLE — Marysville-Pilchuck High School will host a throwing clinic, March 15 at 10 a.m., conducted by M-P graduate and former Olympic thrower Jarred Rome.
Rome competed in the 2004 and 2012 Olympics. He graduated from M-P in 1995, and is the current throwing coach for Concordia University in Portland, Ore.
Rome will be accompanied by Marysville native Mike Torie, who has been coached by Rome for a number of years.
Torie is currently training to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics under Rome's instruction.
Specializing in the discus, Torie hopes to shine in the upcoming Olympics.
"I want a medal," Torie said. "It's my third season with [Rome]. It's really been just a blessing for me."
Since Torie has trained under Rome's wing, he has made substantial gains in his throws. Torie was ranked No. 5 in the nation last year.
"Ever since then, my throws have been taking off," Torie said.
A resident of Simi Valley, Calif., since 2012, Torie coaches throwing at Simi Valley High School.
When he graduated from Lakewood High School in 2004, Torie was largely a self-taught thrower as he headed into college.
During his high school career, Torie won the District Championship in discus in his senior year.
Torie enrolled in Lindenwood University in 2005, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education in 2009. He entered with an academic scholarship with an intent of throwing, and resumed throwing to build a foundation. He did pretty well while at the NEIA school, but he knew he needed some extra help.
"I was coaching myself and it wasn't working out," Torie said. "Rome fine-tuned everything."
Before he met Rome, Torie had experienced success as a professional thrower, competing on the USA World University Team in Serbia in July of 2009. During that time, he placed 10th in the World University.
He discovered local thrower Rome from watching several Youtube videos while observing his form in 2005.
When Torie was in Missouri, he contacted Rome via Facebook, which led to a phone conversation about Torie training under Rome.
The two met in person when they were both in Marysville in December of 2010 at a Gold's Gym to work out together.
With the two meeting again in Marysville, the aim of this clinic is to garner the interest of potential athletes of all ages in the sport of the throwing.
"I hope it really proves that throws are athletic too," Torie said.
Unlike many more well-known sports, throwing tends to fly under the radar, in terms of popularity.
For more information about the throwing clinic, visit www.jarredrome.org.