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Q&A with discus thrower Mike Jones

Mike Jones, Discus thrower on Bullard's track and field team

Mike Jones, Discus thrower on Bullard's track and field team

Jada Stovall, Staff Writer

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Mike Jones, a Bullard senior, played football and is currently throwing the discus on the track and field team. Many people say a discus looks similar to a Frisbee and that it seems simple. But according to Jones, the hardest part is getting the technique down. He also revealed the secret to having a successful season.

Q. Why did you join the discus team?

A. This sport isn’t as competitive as others I play and also a higher chance of opportunities in college.

Q. How long have you been throwing the discus?

A. For a year-and-a-half now.

Q. How heavy is a discus?

A. It weighs 3.5 pounds for males in high school.

Q. Do you have to throw it a certain way?

A. Yes, you do. You must know how to hold, release, have body position and footwork.

Q. Did it take a while to do it at first?

A. Yes, I had to practice just the techniques before I was able to throw.

Q. Where do you practice outside of track?

A. I go to local high school and college discus rings.

Q. What is the secret?

A. To have a successful record, you must fully understand the basics of grip, rotation, and release.

Jones is looking forward to an outstanding season. This is a busy month for the track team. They have a meet March 18 at the St. Francis Invitational. Then the athletes travel to Madera on March 22 for the CMAC/NYL relays and a CMAC meet at Bullard on March 29.

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