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Bryce Rauhof looking for Peach Belt Conference repeat

Bryce Rauhof of Clayton State looks to add to his NCAA Division II provisional distance in the hammer throw at this week’s Peach Belt Conference Track and Field Championships in Rome. (Special Photo)

Bryce Rauhof of Clayton State looks to add to his NCAA Division II provisional distance in the hammer throw at this week’s Peach Belt Conference Track and Field Championships in Rome. (Special Photo)

MORROW — Bryce Rauhof admits that it wasn’t a pretty sight.

Last August while working out in the Clayton State weight room, accidently dropped a dumbell on his left middle finger.

With his finger hanging from his hand, Rauhof was rushed to the hospital.

Luckily, the doctors were able to re-attach it.

“Yeah, it was pretty scary just seeing your finger dangling,” Rauhof admits.

With his senior season on the horizon, the Clayton State hammer thrower knew he would experience a setback.

Most would credit some hard work and determination, that helped get Rauhof back to throwing again. But the Peachtree City native thinks it was something else.

“I’m stubborn, and probably a little crazy,” Rauhof said.

Those two traits now have Rauhof back to being one of the top throwers in the conference. On Thursday, he will try to improve on his NCAA Division II provisional throw at the Peach Belt Conference Track and Field Championships in Rome.

The three-day event will be held at Barron Stadium.

“I’ve been happy with my progression this season,” Rauhof said. “It was a disappointing setback, but I was too determined to let it stop me. I’m a pretty stubborn individual.”

Rauhof is riding a lot of confidence into the conference’s championship meet. He is coming off wins at the Furman Blue Shoes Track & Field Meet on last Saturday in South Carolina.

Rauhof won the hammer throw and finished second in the discus. At the start of the season, he won the hammer at the Mississippi College meet, breaking his own school record with a throw of 167-feet, 11 inches. He would later break that record in Memphis with a mark of 178-3.

This shows Rauhof has made a full recovery.

And he says he wasn’t alone in the process.

“I had a lot of support from my coaches and teammates to get to this point in the season,” Rauhof said. “It also took some insanity to work my way back.”

Rauhof was hoping for a good showing this season, especially coming off a standout junior season. After a successful season, he was named the first-ever Peach Belt Conference Field Athlete of the Year.

And this came after beating some tough odds.

In 2011, Rauhof tore his patella and meniscus in his knee, and was told that he would never throw competitively again.

But insanity and stubbornness didn’t allow that to happen.

He is the reigning conference champion in both the hammer and discus events, and figures to defend those tittles this season.

In addition to throwing this season, Rauhof also serves as the throws coach for the Lakers. He helps train a couple of the women’s team throws.

“Coaching is something that I’ve always been interested in,” said Rauhof, who signed with the Air Force Academy out of high school. “I’m hoping that they saw how I made a comeback from my injury to help motivate them. I’m very excited about my coaching opportunity.”