AS A JUNIOR: Set career bests in both the shot put and weight throw during the indoor season … his new shot put mark came at the Notre Dame Invitational where he threw 14.38m (47-2 ¼) … also reached 17.00m (55-9 ¼) to win the meet[apos]s weight throw competition … top career weight throw mark came at the Meyo Invitational where he threw 17.54m (57-6 ½) in an outstanding effort … earned points at the BIG EAST indoor meet with an eighth-place finish in the weight throw (17.45m, 57-3) … set career bests in the discus and hammer throw at his first meet of the outdoor season, the Cal Poly Invitational … threw the discus 51.52m (169-0) and the hammer 51.55m (169-1 ½) … improved his mark in the hammer with a 52.45m (172-0 ½) toss at the Notre Dame Opener … threw 52.86m (173-5) for fourth in the hammer at the Indy Relays … qualified for the BIG EAST Outdoor Championship in both the discus and hammer throws … took fourth in the discus, throwing 51.03m (167-5) … scored all-BIG EAST honors in the hammer with third-place showing, establishing a huge career best with a toss of 57.35m (188-1 ½), and combined second-place/third-place effort with Kyle Annen helped clinch team title for Irish … also qualified for the NCAA Mideast Regional in the hammer throw with BIG EAST toss … finished 23rd at the regional behind Annen.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Concentrated on the weight throw during the indoor season … set career bests in both the shot put and weight throw at the Blue and Gold Invitational … set a big career best in the weight throw at the Central Michigan Opener (16.14, 52-11 ½) … took fourth in the weight throw at the Notre Dame Invitational with a toss of 15.24m (50-0) … threw the weight 15.98m (52-5 ¼) at the Meyo Invitational … performed well for the indoor BIG EAST Champion men[apos]s team at the league meet, placing fourth in the weight throw with a career-best toss of 16.91m (55-5 ¾) … improved dramatically throughout the outdoor campaign … concentrated on the hammer throw and discus … threw 46.41m (152-3) early on in the Willie Williams Classic for an eighth-place finish … set a new career best in the hammer throw at the Mike Poehlein Invitational, placing ninth with a toss of 47.65m (156-4) … also threw the discus 44.56m (146-2) in that meet for third place … had a career day at the Indy Relays with a second-place finish in the discus (46.37m, 152-1) and a fifth-place finish in the hammer throw (49.15m, 161-3) … again set a career best in the hammer throw at the Central Collegiate Championship with a 49.94m (163-10) throw … scored BIG EAST Championship points at the outdoor meet with a sixth-place and career-best showing in the hammer throw (51.07m, 167-7) … claimed all-BIG EAST honors in the discus with a third-place effort and huge career best throw of 51.06m (167-6) … qualified for the NCAA Mideast Regional in the discus, but did not place.
AS A FRESHMAN: Worked on improving his distances with all the throwing implements during his rookie season … steadily improved all his measurements during the year … best indoor shot put effort was 12.88m (42-3) at the Alex Wilson Invitational … top weight throw was posted at the Notre Dame Invitational (13.57m, 44-6) … during the outdoor season, posted a 13.49m (44-3) to finish third in the Indy Relays … top discus effort was 46.82m (153-7) at the Purdue Invitational.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Multi-sport standout at Galesville-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School … earned letters in track and field, baseball, football and powerlifting … helped the power-lifting club team claim the state title three-straight seasons (2001-03) … served as team captain of the track and field and power lifting teams during his senior season … two-time MVP and all-conference selection as a member of the track and field team … set the freshman record in the discus during his rookie season … appeared at the Midwest Senior Spotlight Meet in 2003 … posted an impressive senior football campaign, earning all-conference, all-city and all-state honors, as well as being named the team MVP while playing both sides of the ball on the offensive and defensive line … active in extra-curricular activities, including National Honor Society, FFA, Student Senate and 4-H … oldest of two children … born May 6, 1985, in LaCrosse, Wis. … enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters as a pre-professional/psychology major.
|Career Track Bests|
|Shot Put||14.38m (47-2 ¼)||2006 Notre Dame Invitational|
|Weight Throw||17.54m (57-6 ½)||2006 Meyo Invitational|
|Hammer Throw||57.35m (188-1 ½)||2006 BIG EAST Championship|
|Discus||51.52m (169-0)||2006 Cal Poly Invitational|