Q&A with discus thrower Mike Jones
March 14, 2017 • 364 views
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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.