A freshman thrower on the Montana track and field team suffered minor injuries after being hit by a javelin at practice yesterday.
Austin Greer, a freshman from Los Angeles, was working out at Dornblaser Field when a javelin thrown by one of his teammates hit him in the arm.
“He was practicing discus and got stabbed with a javelin,” sophomore thrower Jo-Anne Jessee, who was practicing her own throws at the time of the incident, said.
According to Jessee, the javelin hit Greer in the forearm and went all the way through his arm.
“It was just a freak accident,”coach Brian Schweyen said. “We followed all the cautionary steps but it was just one of those things.”
Greer was taken by ambulance to the emergency room at St. Patrick Hospital, where he was treated and then sent home.
“They took it out, and then just patched it up and sent him home,” Jessee said.
Greer competed in the shot put and discus for the Grizzlies at their last meet in Bozeman, finishing 10th and 11th respectively.