LARAMIE– The University of Wyoming track and field program added a pair of junior college throwers for the 2018-19 season on Wednesday. Eric McArthur and Anna Gillis of Saddleback College will both have two seasons of eligibility for the Cowboys and Cowgirls respectively.
“The hammer is not an event that is thrown in high school in most United States, so we are excited to about the experience that Anna and Eric will bring to the squad in this event,” assistant coach Carrie Lane said.
McArthur, a native of Dana Point, Calif., spent two seasons at Saddleback College. He won the state hammer title at the CCCAA State Championships last season. He placed second in the event as a freshman.
McArthur also won the Orange Empire Conference title as a sophomore. He ranks seventh all-time in Saddleback College history in the hammer throw. McArthur graduated from Dana Hills High School in 2014.
“Eric is fairly new to track and field, as he did not compete in high school and started throwing in junior college,” Lane said. “He is very raw and athletic. I think He is going to be a very talented thrower for us for the next few seasons.”
Gillis, a native of San Clemente, Calif., spent two seasons at Saddleback College. She earned a third-place finish in the hammer throw and finished fifth in the discus at California State Championship this season.
Gillis was the Orange Empire Conference champion in the hammer throw last season. She ranks seventh in the hammer throw at Saddleback College after a toss of 51.59 meters at the Southern California Championships.
“Anna has great track and field experience,” Lane said. “She has really taken to the hammer throw and had great coaching in junior college. She is just a great all around thrower that will add to the team.”