TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – “This is my 7th year throwing the hammer so I just give it a whirl,” says Erin Reese.
Reese does more than just give it a whirl. The ISU graduate is ready to compete in the hammer throw this week in Oregon for a spot on Team USA.
“The anticipation of the meet is super exciting. I’m having chills just thinking about it.”
The 2019 NCAA runner-up heads to Eugene ranked near the top of the country with an impressive throw of 72.27 meters.
“I am ranked 5th going in and about 23 centimeters away from the standard so we will see what you can do I think it’s about who shows up that day so I’m excited to give it a try,” said Reese.
Head coach Brandan Bettenhausen says, “We have found the formula that works for Erin. Seven years of coaching her so I have a ton of data and at this point it’s executing the plan and going out there and doing what has to get done.”
She was ready to compete in her first Olympic Trials last year, but the pandemic put a stop to that. She says the extra year of hard work has really paid off.
“Last year having that COVID year which was as much as having that figure out where to throw and where to lift. I think it helped me because I had more time to perfect my technique and get stronger. I actually broke my foot in March so it gave me time to properly heal that so I feel like having that year off really helped.”
Brandan says,”I know this sounds cliche, but it’s just her work ethic. She goes above and beyond. Outworks everybody. She wasn’t like a super freak athlete, she’s not crazy strong in the weight room, but she works her but off and is a student of her craft and continues to learn and continues to grow.”
Now, she looks to throw her way onto Team USA.
Erin says,”There’s definitely the pressure of wanting to make it, but there’s nothing to lose. I’m ranked 5th so if I can bump up to third that’s the goal and that’s what I’m working towards and just see what I can do and there’s no pressure of like ah I have to make it. so just kinda go in and see what happens.”
She will compete in the hammer throw starting Thursday.