Freshman, sophomore rank near top of Horizon League in specialty events
Each set new school record this past weekend
Pat McGarry enters his eighth season at Loyola University Chicago as the throws coach for the Ramblers' track and field programs.
During McGarry's tenure, his throwers have established themselves at the university, Horizon League and NCAA level. In 2013, eleven out of twelve Ramblers broke their own school records, including sophomore Alison Szykowny who improved her university bests in the weight throw (18.05m, 59-2.75), indoor shot put (13.95m, 45-9.25), outdoor shot put (13.51m, 44-4), hammer throw (51.04m, 167-5), and discus (49.05m, 160-11). A three-time Horizon League "Athlete of the Week" honoree, Szykowny ranked 42nd in the NCAA West Region for her discus mark, and her javelin throw (34.05m, 111-8) was the second furthest in Loyola history. At the Horizon League Championships, Szykowny earned her first conference title in the discus and placed fourth in the hammer throw and shot put, as well as fifth in the indoor shot put. Second-year thrower Paul Yovanic was ranked 68th nationally at the close of the indoor season with a 18.91m (62) toss in the weight throw that etched his name in Loyola record books, along with a 53.6m (175-10) toss in the hammer throw that topped university charts. Yovanic earned runner-up honors in the weight throw at the Horizon League Championships and placed fourth overall, while senior Kelly Egan capped off a stellar career in the javelin with a third-place finish. Newcomer Jordan Liles broke the school record in the javelin throw (58.48m, 192-10) in his first action for Loyola and placed fourth in the javelin at the outdoor league meet.
In 2012, Szykowny set then school records in the weight throw (16.30m, 53-05.75), hammer throw (48.81m, 160-02) and discus (45.00m, 147-8) and improved her high school best in the shot put by three feet, finishing the season ranked second indoor and third outdoor in Loyola history. Szykowny earned All-Horizon League honors in the weight throw during the indoor season. Yovanic moved into second place all-time at Loyola and received All-Horizon League accolades with his third-place finish in the weight throw with a toss of 17.41 meters (57-01.50). Junior Kelly Egan continued her excellence in the javelin throw, bettering her own school record with a mark of 38.69m (126-11) and placing fourth at the Horizon League Championships to earn All-Horizon League honors for the third straight season. Junior Oliver Daddario threw a school record 49.71m (163-11) in the javelin and also earned All-Horizon League honors after a fifth-place finish at the Horizon League Championships while junior throwers Ameila Games and Robin Bingham moved onto the Ramblers' all-time performance list with the third (44.49m) and fifth (39.48m) best hammer throws in school history.
In 2011, multi-event athlete Candice Carajohn captured the Horizon League crown in the pentathlon, recording the furthest throw of the competition in the shot put. Outdoors, Bingham earned All-Horizon League honors in the discus with a then-school record of 41.12m while Jordan Rohfling established a new school record in the weight throw (15.08m).
The 2010 season was a banner one for Loyola's throwers. Senior Michael Jarman established a new school record in the weight throw and his toss of 19.81m (65-00) was a NCAA Provisional qualifying mark and placed him 31st in the nation at the end of the indoor season. Jarman was named Horizon League Athlete of the Week four times during the indoor season, capping it off by winning the Horizon League title in the weight throw. Meanwhile, classmate Erik Hernandez was the runner-up in the shot put at the Horizon League Indoor Championship, setting a new school record in the process. On the women's side, Rohlfing also received all-league accolades in the shot put. Outdoors, Hernandez earned runner up honors in the shot put and placed fourth in the hammer throw at the League gathering and qualified for the NCAA West Regional meet after a school-record throw of 17.17m (56-03). Multi-event athletes Matt Wieczorek and Carajohn received All-Horizon League awards while Jarman and Hernandez were named academic all-americans for their efforts in the classroom.
In 2009, Hernandez claimed the Horizon League shot put title at the Horizon League Indoor Championship and also received all-conference honors in the weight throw after finishing third. Outdoors, Hernandez placed third in the shot put and fourth in the hammer throw while Rohlfing's sixth-place performance in the javelin throw earned her an all-conference award. Hernandez was added another feather to his cap by winning the All-American Strength and Conditioning award.
McGarry moved to Loyola for the 2007 season, helping Hernandez to all-conference finishes in the indoor and outdoor shot put while Brianna Kennett earned all-conference distinction in the javelin.
McGarry was previously responsible for coaching both the men and women throwers at UIC for three seasons. McGarry's supervision helped the UIC throwers set nine new school records in the women's weight throw, women's hammer throw (five times), women's shot put, and men's discus (twice). All three of UIC's men's hammer throwers placed among the top six at the 2005 Horizon League Outdoor Championships. Before his stint at UIC, McGarry served as assistant track and field coach at his alma mater, Benedictine University during the 2002-03 season.
The 2001 graduate of Benedictine lettered for four years in both track and field and football. McGarry was captain of the men's track and field team during his senior season and a three-time MVP as well as a three-year starter on the Eagle football team as an offensive lineman and tight end.