Southern Minnesota Throwers Camp- Boys & Girls (Grade 8-12)

Message from Coach Tork:

I am very sorry that you high school throwers were unable to compete this year. My camps have been cancelled but I would like to offer you the following as my small way of helping out.

I am offering a free one time only online critique of your shot put and/or discus technique.

This offer is good for:
1) High school athletes who will be seniors, juniors, or sophomores next year (class of 2021, 2022, 2023).

2) During the month of June only.

If interested you may send me an email ( and I will give you the details.

Coach Tork
Gustavus Track & Field Throws Coach

Throws Camp
Session Date Event
Week 1: Session I  Tuesday, June 9, 2020 Discus and Shot Put
Week 1: Session II Thursday, June 11, 2020 Discus and Shot Put
Week 1: Session III Saturday, June 13, 2020 Discus and Shot Put
Week 2: Session IV Monday, June 15. 2020 Discus and Shot Put
Week 2: Session V Wednesday, June 17, 2020 Discus and Shot Put
Week 2: Session VI Friday, June 19, 2020 Discus and Shot Put
Week 2: Session VII Saturday, June 20, 2020 Discus and Shot Put
Week 3: Session VIII Monday, June 22, 2020 Discus and Shot Put
Week 3: Session IX Wednesday, June 24, 2020 Discus and Shot Put

General Information

The camp will be held at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota at our throwing venue next to the track.

Limited Enrollment:
We will keep the number of campers each day to 12 or less. Put your 2nd and 3rd choice on the application in case your first choice is full. Dates are filled in the order they are received. We fill up every year.

What is included:

  • Camp T-shirt
  • All you can eat noon buffet.
  • Link to a YouTube video of everything covered at camp.
  • A 3 ring binder illustrating all drills and subjects covered at the camp.
  • We film and analyze each camper and will email/text it to you within 24 hours.
  • This is a "Drills Camp" - we will cover lots of drills to correct faults in every phase of the throw.
  • Proper warm-up.
  • Ideas on strength and conditioning.
  • Mental aspects of the throw.
  • Fruit, fruit juice, donuts, fruit snacks, powerade, and water throughout the day.
  • You will have fun and you will learn a lot - no matter what level you are at!

What to bring:
Campers should bring a shot put/discus, workout clothes, and throwing shoes or smooth bottom shoes. We will have extras if you can't get any.

Send in completed registration form, waiver form and check made payable to Tom Thorkelson or Southern Minnesota Throwers Camp. All cancellations, for any reason, will be assessed a $20 processing fee. No refunds are given for no-shows, or campers sent home for disciplinary reasons.

We meet at 8:30 am each day at the throwing area and are done each day around 4:30 pm.

Coaches and parents:
Coaches are welcome to attend the camp. The price is $25 for 1 day or $40 for 2 days and includes handouts, buffet lunch, YouTube link, and a t-shirt. Parents wishing to attend can choose the coaches option or just eat the noon buffet with us for $12.

Meet the Throws Camp Coaching Staff 


Camp Director, Tom Thorkelson (20+ years running Throws Camp). Thorkelson has worked with many All Conference and All State throwers over the years as well as over 50 All-Americans and 6 National Champions at Mankato State and Gustavus Adolphus College.

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Aaron Banks (10+ years working Throws Camp). Banks was an 11 time All-American thrower in college and placed 12th at the 2000 Olympic trials in the shot put with a throw of 62’ 5 ½”. Banks has worked since 2002 as a faculty member at Gustavus in the Health and Exercise Science Department.

Kristin Smith ’04 (Kristin Petersen)

Kristin Smith (2004 Gustavus graduate)- Smith's specialty was in the discus where she was All Conference 4 times, Conference Champion 3 times, All American 2 times and NCAA National Champion her senior year. She was also All Conference several times in the shot put and still holds the Gustavus school record in the discus. Smith is currently a Health/Physical Education Teacher at Mankato Area Public Schools.

 Updated 5/26/2020 HB