Former Marysville-Pilchuck graduate, Class of 1995, Jarred Rome will be inducted into the 2019 Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame.
Rome played football, basketball and competed in track and field during his time as a Tomahawk. After graduating from Marysville-Pilchuck he went on to have a long and successful career as one of the best discus throwers in the world.
“I never really thought I would accomplish the things that I did. Originally I just wanted to make sure I could go to college. By my sophomore year I was number one in the nation and it hit me so fast that I could be good at it,” said Rome.
After high school he went on to compete at Boise State University where he would finish his collegiate career with school records in the indoor and outdoor discus and shot put, which he still holds today. He capped off his time at BSU by being a six-time NCAA Division I All-American.
When talking about his early career Rome said, “It was extremely hard and without the support from my coaches, family and friends I wouldn’t have made it. So, this honor is just as much for them as it is for me.”
In 2004, four years after Jarred graduated from BSU, he was considering retirement due to the time constraints of training and supporting himself with substitute teaching and a list of other jobs. He gave himself one last shot to compete at the professional level and qualified for the 2004 USA Olympic team. Following his rise in the professional ranks, Rome started tallying up accomplishments including four straight World Championship teams, a silver medal in the 2011 Pan American Games and another Olympic team in 2012.
Rome was still at the top of the ranks, third in the U.S.A. and top-10 in the world when he retired in 2013. He currently coaches at Boston University and runs clinics all over the country, including one back at Marysville-Pilchuck High School during the Spring.
A banquet will be held for Jarred Rome and the rest of the 2019 Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame inductees on Sept. 18. It will be held at the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center at the Angel of the Winds Arena. Tickets will cost $65 per adult, $20 per child under 11 years old, and $600 for a table of 10. If you’re looking for more information or want to attend, you can find everything you’ll need at https://www.seattlenorthcountry.com/sports/hall-of-fame/.
If you want to learn more about Jarred Rome, you can find all of his information at www.jarredrome.org.