Former Northwestern State thrower Trecey Rew made round-about journey to U.S. Olympic Trials

Rew spinning disc

Trecey Rew Hoover felt that familiar competition itch.

Hoover, the NCAA discus champion in 2011 at Northwestern State, wanted one more shot at her Olympics dream after falling short in the discus and shot put in 2012.

The 5-foot-5 thrower will get her shot in the discus in Eugene, Ore., making her second U.S. Olympic Trials appearance in her career.

NSU coach Mike Heimerman said Hoover decided in May 2015 to pick up the discus again with the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in sight.

Hoover tossed a 57.26m throw two weeks ago, clearing the 57-meter Olympic standard and making her eligible.

“She’s been strong the past couple of weeks, she’s getting better and better,” said Heimerman, who has worked out the full-time Dallas in Natchitoches. “She took this past week off because she thought she didn’t make (the Olympic Trials), but when we found out she in fact did qualify, she worked out and then got on a plane to Eugene the next day.