You’ve heard of “The Rock.” Now get to know “Throck.”
A member of the National Honor Society, Ryan Throckmorton dreams of a career in mechanical engineering. Besides being a great way to make friends, participating in sports teaches you a ton about time management, he said: “When you get home from a long day of school and practice, there’s only a limited amount of time.”
Take some time to learn more about this well-rounded thrower.
Coaches’ corner A four-year member of the track and field team, Throckmorton is known for his positive demeanor. “He is probably one of the nicest kids we’ve ever worked with,” Murphy head coach Don McClure said.
Jeff Schmidt, Throckmorton’s throws coach, said the senior stays focused and encourages teammates: “He’s just one of those kids that everyone likes having around. He’s always supportive.”
Big shot Throckmorton competes in two events: the shot put and discus. As a freshman, he tried the javelin but couldn’t get the hang of it. “But with shot and disc, I’ve always been pretty good … so I just continued pursuing those and working on form and technique.” His personal records are 40 feet in the shot put and 109 feet in the discus.
Changes Schmidt is the fourth throws coach Throckmorton has had in four seasons. Adjusting to different coaching styles has been difficult, he said: “You have one form down. Then it gets tweaked a little bit each year.”
Favorite pro sports team The Seattle Mariners. Throckmorton has tickets to watch the M’s play Minnesota next week.
What would you do with $1 million? Invest, and buy a sweet ride. “I don’t usually spend a whole lot of money. I’d probably take out a chunk for college and buy a new car,” said Throckmorton. His speed machine of choice: A blue Chevy Camaro.
Favorite school subjects Math and science. Said Throckmorton, “I like the certainty of (math and science): ‘This has to be the (correct) answer.’”
Favorite TV show “South Park,” Comedy Central’s long-running, Emmy-award winning animated series. The hilarious, controversial show always surprises Throckmorton: “You don’t really know what to expect. Anything can happen. Plus, they always have a good moral at the end.”
Favorite video game “Scarface: The World Is Yours.” Based on the 1983 movie “Scarface” starring Al Pacino as Miami gangster Tony Montana, the game puts a twist on the film’s violent finale: What if Tony Montana didn’t die?
Mike Cane, Herald Writer