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Former NSU track and Field star an Olympic hopeful
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Trecey-Rews Hoover practices for the Olympic trials in the shot put while friends and family look on.
Trecey-Rews Hoover practices for the Olympic trials in the shot put while friends and family look on.
By Chris Salim

Trecey Rews-Hoover of Natchitoches will compete in the Olympic trials in Salem, Oregon for the discuss June 22 and 24 and the shot put June 28-29. Hoover is an NSU alumni.

“I am excited about this opportunity because I feel like I’m reaching peak, said Hoover, 24.

“I still feel athletic enough and am in an everyday routine at the track right now.”

She won the NCAA Discuss national championship in Des Moines, Iowa June 8, 2011 with a throw of 192-feet-4 inches.

“I knew it was the last throw of my collegiate career and I just had to put a finish on it. And it just worked out for me,” she said.

“I just stayed calm and I worked on my technique like I’ve been doing. But I just added a little aggression to it and it paid off.”

Hoover will have to throw the discuss at least 62 meters (192 feet-2 inches) and the shot put 18.30 (57-feet-7 inches) meters to make the team.

“I am confident that when I show up that I can get it done because I have prepared and am ready to compete against the best of the best.”

She will indeed be competing against the best as American record holder Jill Williams will be one of the 24 competitors. Her record is 65- feet-2 and 1/4 inch. Hoover’s best throw is 57-feet.

“This wont be anything knew to me,” said Hoover.

“I have competed against her and some of the best of the best before. I will treat this mentally like no other track meet. I am going to go out and get it done.”

Hoover will have a strong support group in her husband, Lebronte, and 6-year-old daughter Sheree.

“What can I say about them. He is always there to give me words of encouragement when I am stressing or having a bad day. He is all I can ask for,” said Hoover.

“Sheree is there everyday with me training. She has become my training partner and it makes it fun for me. No matter what happens, she makes me know that I can’t lose regardless of the outcome because I have her.”

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