College Athlete of the Week: 03/14/08

03/14/2008 3:28 AM

03/20/2008 1:22 PM

RICKY GURROLA
Stanislaus, Track and Field

Gurrola won the hammer throw Saturday at Chico State's Wildcat Relays with his season-best mark of 162 feet, 4 inches. The senior, who played basketball through high school and at Los Angeles Pierce College, took up field events in October 2006.

PARENTS: Maritza and Ignacio Gurrola

HOMETOWN/HIGH SCHOOL: Van Nuys/Kennedy High (Granada Hills)

ON HIS WEEK: "It was a good mark. I'm satisfied with it. I'm aiming for anything over 210 feet so I'm looking to keep improving."

THANKS, GUYS: "I had two roommates who were decathletes, Kevin Bull and Bryan Robbins. I worked out and ran, but never really considered getting into sports at Stanislaus. Bryan jokingly said I should come out for the track team, just come out and throw. I didn't know anything about throwing so it was a totally new experience for me. I never thought I'd play basketball competitively again, but I kinda got over it. It was sad ending athletics in general, so this is very nice. I couldn't have done it without the love and support of my coaches, family, friends and teammates."

WHY STANISLAUS: "I came for my major, criminal justice and law enforcement. It's a really good program. I like it a lot. I'd like to be a police officer."

HOBBIES: "I like to read and listen to music. I like true crime and science books. I like the different scenarios. Each book deals with a different aspect of crime. I like classic rock and R&B."

TRADEMARK LOOK: "I always have a really mean look on my face. It's a look I was born with, my mom says. I'm not thinking about what I look like. It's my normal face. At our last track meet I was walking across the field and some of my teammates were sitting on the bench nodding and laughing. They said, 'Why do you look like you're ready to kill somebody?' I just don't walk around with a smile on my face."

PET PROJECT: "I have a mixed breed dog, Chewy. He's 8 months now, but in the 6-month stage, anything he could get in his mouth he'd try to destroy. He looks like a German shepherd, but he's got a long body, a long tail and short, stubby legs."

— KELLY JONES

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