Ohio State, Michigan each get verbals from outstanding Ohio throwers

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Ohio State and Michigan each got a verbal commitment from big-time Ohio throwers recently.

Ohio has had its share of field event standouts over the years, and recently two more made their college decisions. Chillicothe thrower Curt Smith is headed to Ohio State, while Elmore Woodmore thrower Erin Pendleton is headed to Michigan. Both Big Ten schools are getting big-time performers.


Ohio has had its share of field event standouts over the years, and recently two more made their college decisions. Chillicothe thrower Curt Smith is headed to Ohio State, while Elmore Woodmore thrower Erin Pendleton is headed to Michigan.

Both Big Ten schools are getting big-time performers.

Smith set the Division II state record in the shot put last year with a heave of 63-4.5 at the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League meet on May 17th.  The mark broke Kenton grad Terry Miller’s previous state record of 62-11.75.

Smith finished second at the state meet (60-10.25) in the shot and was fourth in the discus (175-2)

As a freshman Smith finished 10th at state in the discus (143-10) and 12th in the shot (47-0).

His personal bests are 175-2 in the discus, 63-4.5 in the shot and 53-2 in the weight throw.

Smith picked Ohio State over additional offers from Michigan and Kent State.

Pendleton is following her older sister to Michigan.

Emily Pendleton, a sophomore for the Wolverines, is a four-time Ohio state champion in the discus and the Big Ten’s reigning champion in the event.

Little sis will seriously push her next year.

Erin Pendleton is the defending D-III state champion in the discus where she launched the implement a state record 168-10. The effort broke Emily’s state meet and Jesse Owens Stadium record of 163-4. The mark is also Ohio’s best ever in state competition, regardless of division, and was the second longest throw in the country by a prep athlete last season.

Pendleton also placed third in the shot put (41-0) and is the defending state champion in the weight throw, winning last year’s OATCC State Indoor Track and Field Championships in March with an effort of 49-0.

As a sophomore, Erin finished second to her sister at state in the discus (154-10). She was fourth (123-10) as a freshman.

Pendleton’s personal bests are 168-10 in the discus, 41-0 in the shot, 139-8 in the hammer and 49-9 in the weight throw.

In June she finished third at the USATF Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a toss of 164-8.

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