June 17, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming throwing contingent got a big boost on Thursday when it was announced that two of the best junior college throwers in the country would transfer to the Wyoming track and field program for the upcoming 2010-11 season.
Anna George will come to Laramie from Spokane Falls Community College in Spokane, Wash., while Joe Riccio is transferring to UW from Mesa Community College in Mesa, Ariz. Both student-athletes will be juniors in 2010-11.
George was named the Most Outstanding Field Event Athlete of the Meet at the Northwest Community College Athletic Association (NWAACC) Championships held in Spokane this spring. She placed first in the shot put, second in the hammer throw, third in discus and fourth in the javelin during the championships. Those finishes earned her the distinction as a three-time Junior College All-American. Her personal bests are 44' .5" in the shot put, 151' 5" in the hammer throw, 136' 1" in the javelin and 120' 9" in the discus. George hails from Grandview, Wash.
"Anna only spent a couple weeks this spring working on the hammer with a two-turn technique," Wyoming throws coach Paul Barrett said. "So obviously I believe she will make huge strides in this event once she spends some time training it fully. Anna is extremely explosive and athletic with a great athletic build. She will be a nice addition to our women's throw squad. Anna becomes the fifth SFCC transfer to UW in the past eight years. She is coming from a strong throwing program coached by Ryan Weidman."
Riccio was the 2010 National Junior College Champion in the hammer throw this past spring. He easily bested the rest of the field with a throw of 190' 3", which was 23' feet further than his nearest competition. Riccio also had a third place finish in the shot put at Indoor National Championships this past season, which earned him All-America honors. He chose UW over the University of Tennessee, Kansas State, and Northern Arizona. Riccio attended Scottsdale High School in Scottsdale, Ariz. His personal bests are 190'3" in the hammer throw, 53' .25" in the shot put, 157' 1" in discus and 181' 1" in the javelin.
"Joe is extremely versatile," Barrett said. "He is tall, lean, and very quick at 6' 4" and 227 pounds with long levers. Once Joe fills out and increases his strength and power levels, I think he will really make a move and be at an elite level. We are extremely excited to have Joe join our young talented throws squad this fall."