Steph Gemar to throw discus for Troy University Trojans
By Jay Davis
Mobridge-Pollock senior Steph Gemar signed her letter of intent to compete in track and field for Troy University in Troy, Alabama.
Why would a young lady from northern South Dakota decide to further her education at a university 1,550 miles from home?
The weather is one reason. Attending a school that is just a stone’s throw from the Gulf of Mexico means Gemar will be able to practice her trade nearly 365 days a year.
She picked Troy after taking recruiting trips to Brown University in Providence, R.I., Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., and North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D.
She picked the Alabama school (enrollment of around 30,000) because there they seemed to care more about the individual person.
“The bigger schools seemed more impersonal,” said Gemar, adding that Troy was the first school to recruit her.
“I liked the coaches a lot,” said Gemar, adding that her trip to the campus was a good selling point too.
She will throw the discus and the hammer at Troy.
Before she trades in her black and orange to don the black, cardinal and silver of the Trojans, Gemar has some unfinished business in South Dakota high school track and field. The defending Class A discus champion has her sights set on some lofty goals for the upcoming season.
“I’d like to get the Class A record,” said Gemar. “I don’t know if that will happen, but I’m going to try.”
Gemar threw the discus 148-2 to win the Class A title and the Gold Medal for having the best throw in all three classes at last spring’s State Track and Field Meet. The Class A record is 151-8, set by Sarah Stevens of Hot Springs in 2001. She is also just three inches from entering the state’s all-time top 10 list, which is throwers from all three classes. The state discus record of 163-0 was set by Karen McDonald of Pierre in 1979.
Steph is the daughter of Ron and Bonnie Gemar of Mobridge.