Clayton State junior Bryce Rauhof was recently named the Peach Belt Conference Field Athlete of the Year during the conference championships in Rome.
MORROW — Clayton State track and field coach Mike Mead invited Bryce Rauhof to be a part of the team as a strength coach this fall.
After he had several throwers to leave the team, Rauhof decided to start back throwing. He had been advised by his doctors to stop after an injury.
But it appears the Peachtree City native is healthy again.
The junior was named the Peach Belt Conference Field Athlete of the Year during the recent conference meet.
Rauhof transferred from the Air Force Academy. At the inaugural conference championships at Barron Stadium in Rome, Rauhof won two events.
As a team, Clayton State finished seventh overall with 64 points.
“Getting Bryce on the team was a big of a surprise,” Mead said. “He has been doing well all season and has seen his distances drop.”
On the first day of the meet, Rauhof won the hammer throw with a toss of 152-feet, nine inches. He followed that by capturing the conference title in the shot put. He had a throw of 43-3 for the victory.
In his third event, he had a toss of 117-7 to finish fifth in the discus.
The goal next season is to get Rauhof to make an NCAA Div. II provisional thrown to get consideration for the NCAA Outdoor championships next spring. He is about six feet from that goal.
Mead said it should be obtainable with his continued progress. Rauhof would have to shave about six feet off his current best hammer throw to get that mark.
“We think that he can do it,” Mead said. “He has been throwing well and putting the work. We feel next season, he should be able to hit that mark.”