Track & field recap: Schultz shines at USA Junior Nationals

June 23, 2013

DES MOINES, Iowa – Tyler Schultz finished third in the shot put at USA Junior Nationals on Thursday at Drake Stadium with throw of 63 feet, 7.75 inches, a new personal best.

The freshman was holding steady in first place until the fifth round, when he slipped to second. He threw his farthest on his final attempt, but fell less than 2 feet short of the victor.

“I was very proud of the way Tyler competed in the shot,” commented Head Coach Brian Bedard. “He was the most technically sound and consistent thrower in the competition. That doesn’t always win meets. Sometimes it’s one big throw that does. He regrets not going after it even harder at the finish to go for the win. He’s a Junior Nationals All-American, but he’s dissatisfied with third place.”

Schultz also took part in the hammer on Friday. He threw 185-5 on his second attempt, but did not advance to the finals.

Former Ram Janay DeLoach won the long jump Saturday, jumping 22-7.25 on her second attempt. The Olympic bronze medalist will represent Team USA at the IAAF World Championships Aug. 10-18 in Moscow, Russia.

Jessi Macedo took eighth in the javelin with a toss of 143-3. Josh Cogdill finished the decathlon in ninth place with 6,627 points. In the women’s heptathlon, Jessica Green placed 13th with 4,270 points. Mariah Witt ran the 400-meter hurdles in 1 minute, 2.5 seconds, finishing 17th overall.

CSU alum Drew Loftin placed third in the hammer with a throw of 241-7 on his final attempt. Casey Malone finished fourth in the discus, throwing just shy of 200 feet at 199-11.