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March 12, 2008 > Thrower tops in three events

Thrower tops in three events

By Idorenyin Uto-Uko

Robert Gire has thrown himself into the top of three events in the Coast Conference. Currently ranked first in the conference in the shot put and hammer throw, he looks to establish himself as a leader in the discus this year as well.

The winner of last year's prestigious Ed Adams Invitational, Gire seeks to stake claim at state and regional competitions as well. "I try to improve my mark each time I throw. I understand the competition will get better as I go throughout the season. But as the competition gets better I'll get better," Gire said.

Despite his number #2 ranking in discus, Gire is hopeful that it will be his best event year. "There is not a discus ring or facility at our school. Once they put that in I should improve marks." His relaxed attitude is perhaps his greatest asset. "Robert's has a light-heartiness about his craft. He works real hard and understands how to compete. It is a real credit to his throws coaches, Mark Marshall and Amy Theil," said Chabot Head Track and Field Coach Steve DePrato.

Even though Gire is easy going when it comes his athletics, he is not when it comes to his academics. An Honor Roll student at Las Positas College, he competes for Chabot because L.P.C. does not have a track and field team. Gire is an Applied Engineering major and is currently receiving scholarship offers from UC-San Diego, UC-Santa Barbara, and Cal- Poly San Luis Obispo.

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