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Jarred Rome, Hall of Fame Boise State track and field athlete, dies in Washington state

Former Boise State athlete Jarred Rome qualified for the 2012 London Olympics after qualifying in the men’s discus.
Former Boise State athlete Jarred Rome qualified for the 2012 London Olympics after qualifying in the men’s discus. AP

Jarred Rome, a two-time Olympian and the most honored individual track and field athlete in Boise State University history, died Saturday.

Rome, 42, was in Tulalip, Washington, celebrating his induction into the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame, which took place Wednesday, The (Everett) Herald reported.

His sister, Monica Rome, told the newspaper that her brother went out with friends to the Tulalip Resort Casino and wasn’t feeling well. People checked on him during the night and friends found him unresponsive Saturday morning.

The cause and manner of death were not known to the family, the Herald reported.

“I was fortunate to coach Jarred at Boise State and watched him become a multi-time All-American,” former Bronco strength and conditioning coach Joe Kenn wrote in an Instagram post. “One of the strongest men I have ever coached and an extremely coachable elite athlete.”

Rome represented the United States at the 2004 Olympics in Athens and the 2012 games in London.

Rome came to Boise State after graduating from Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington. During his Bronco career, Rome earned All-American honors six times, three in the shot put and three times in the discus, according to Boise State. His best finish at the NCAA championships came in 1997, when he placed second in the discus as a sophomore.

Rome won three Big West Conference championships in the discus, in 1997, 1998 and 2000. He set school records in the indoor shot put, at 62 feet, 6 inches; in the outdoor shot put, at 63-11; and in the discus, at 210-0.

He was inducted into the Boise State Hall of Fame in 2007.

He married Pamela Spuehler, a Hall of Fame field hockey player at Boston University, in 2017. Rome served as the throws coach for Boston University’s track and field team.

At the Snohomish County induction, he told the audience that success stemmed from failure and support, the Herald reported.

“I had lots of failure,” Rome said. “I was never the top thrower in high school; I was never the top thrower in college. I considered myself to be the hardest worker. I never had the talent. I frankly never believed I could make the national team, that was never a goal of mine. The support I had shows tonight from the family and friends who are here. Without your support, I would never be here.”

He is survived by his wife, Pamela; his parents, Dan Rome and Jane Blackwell; and two sisters.

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