Madison West senior Patrick Horvarth will join the Iowa State track and field team in an event he never competed in during his prep career with the Regents.
Horvath will attend Iowa State to compete in the hammer throw, one of the four throwing events in college track and field competitions, along with the discus, shot put and javelin.
He said getting to compete in college is great for his competitive drive and that Iowa State was the best fit because of the coaching staff and the other throwers.
“It’s really exciting,” Horvath said. “Iowa State is a really solid program.”
Unlike the tool used for construction projects, this hammer consists of a 16-pound metal ball attached to a steel wire to grip.
Horvath tried the hammer throw last summer with the Madison Throws Club offered by Madison Memorial assistant track coach Joe Frontier, and found he had a knack for the event.
“Right off the bat, I noticed it came pretty naturally to me than other people,” he said. “It was an event I always wanted to try out.”
Horvath said he’ll probably redshirt his first season to get the technique down. He was a WIAA Division 1 state qualifier in the shot put and finished 13th with a throw of 50 feet, 2 1/4 inches Saturday, June 1, in La Crosse.
“It’s harder to control and you are moving so much faster,” Horvath said of the hammer compared to the shot put.