Throwing Away Her Inhibitions

By Kevin Sullivan

After the hammers have whistled through the air and the dust has settled, Marissa Minderler from USC was crowned the Pac-12 Champion in the hammer throw. In fourth place was Arizona senior Taylor Bush. That was her best finish of the season and quite remarkable for someone who came to Arizona as a sprinter.

Bush walked on to the Wildcat team with the hope that she would run. However, she soon started to face stiff competition.

"Running became a chore," said Bush.

Bush lost her desire to run and didn't know if she would compete in events anymore. She had a feeling she could contribute elsewhere, so she walked into her coaches' office and asked to be given another shot. Her coach put her at hammer throw.

"It's kind of an incredible thing to happen," said Bush. "I had never even seen the event in my entire life. So that was exciting."

In her four years at UA, Bush has thrived as a thrower.

"It's completely changed me as a person and my outlook on things and what I'm capable of as a person," said Bush. "I'm very thankful for this opportunity."

Bush's dad ran track for Arizona's head coach Fred Harvey in college, so the opportunity to run Taylor for Harvey was incredible. However, Bush credited assistant coach Craig Carter with the ability to turn a sprinter into one of the nation's leading throwers.

"I think he's one of the greatest and most underrated coaches in the nation," said Bush.

Bush is looking forward to the NCAA Regional and national competition, stating that the women that she competed against on Saturday will be her competition from here on out.

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