On Friday Indiana State Track & Field will host the annual Pacesetter Invitational. One of the featured athletes is Erin Reese, who will compete in the hammer throw, discus and shot put. She says the hammer is about timing and preparation. That’s what helped her win in Alabama last weekend at the Crimson Tide Invitational. “It was definitely what I was hoping to get there, it was what I was working for it was a really high level competition so it was definitely hard to get that but I worked hard and I got what I was hoping for,” she said.
And now she’s set for the Pacesetter Invite and a chance to perform for the home crowd once again. “It’s also our senior day so all the seniors are going out trying to show like everyone in the community because this community just loves track and field so it’s really exciting to have the community be here celebrate our seniors and like just go out with nothing left on the field the track we’re really excited for this meet,” Reese said.
Her coach Brandan Bettenhausen has high praise for Erin calling her one of the best. “Erin and I started together at the University of Dayton and then went a couple years there and then she followed me here and she’s the best athlete I’ve worked with to this point in my career,” he said.
And even though this can be an individual endeavour Erin says she enjoys the team aspect of competing. “Even though track can be an individual sport we’re also a giant great team and we all just support each other lift each other up nobody lets anybody fall like everyone has each other’s back so I think that’s what I enjoy most about it,” she said.
Erin threw 65 feet in the hammer last season. She hopes to reach that again as well as make Regionals in all three events. The hammer, discus and shot put.