James Poet
James Poet
Height: 6-1
Year: Senior
Hometown: La Canada, Calif.
High School: St. Francis HS
Previous College: Glendale CC
Position: Throws

James Poet competed in all four throwing events for the Matadors ... qualified for both the hammer and javelin at the Big West Championships ... finished 10th in the javelin with a career-best 161-11 and 15th in the hammer (145-6) ... tossed a lifetime-best 164-2 (50.04) in the hammer at the Bryan Clay Invitational ... recorded a lifetime-best in the discus (140-0) at the Aztec Invitational and 46-2.75 in the shot put at the USC Trojan Quad Meet ... did not compete during the indoor season.

Poet finished 12th in the Big West in the hammer and 13th in the javelin in his first season throwing for the Matadors ... posted a best of 156-1 (47.58) in the hammer and a season-best of 147-7 (44.98) in the javelin ... threw a season-best 161-11 (49.36) in the hammer at the USC Trojan Invitational (Mar. 20) ... posted a season-best of 161-6 (49.24) in the javelin at the Cal-Nevada Championships (Mar. 28) ... also had season-bests of 43-9 (13.33) in the shot put and 135-11 (41.44) in the discus ... did not compete during the indoor season.

Spent two seasons (2007, 2008) as a thrower at Glendale Community College in Glendale, Calif. ... earned All-America honors was was a two-time team MVP ... also earned All-Western State Conference accolades ... best mark in the 16 lb. hammer was 49.21 and best in the discus was 42.57 ... threw for coach Jason Bender.

Competed in both track & field and football at St. Francis High School in La Cañada, Calif. ... finished second in the Cal State Hammer Championship in 2005 and was fifth in the CIF in the discus ... was named team MVP of the Golden Knights track & field squad in 2004 and 2005 ... graduated in 2005 with a 3.57 grade point average.

Born July 1, 1986 in Tujunga, Calif. ... parents are Marie King and Jim Poet ... has two sisters, Kathryn and Michelle ... Kathryn plays softball for Missouri ... favorites include sushi, the bands Slipknot and Linkin Park and Eminem ... says the toughest thing about being an athlete is "time management" ... says the best advice he's ever been given is "be like water" ... major is Mechanical Engineering.

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