NCAA Men’s Javelin — Peters Leads Mississippi State 1–2

Peters had two tosses past the old MR, the farthest of them at 271-9. (KIRBY LEE/IMAGE OF SPORT)

A quality field featured 3 men who had thrown more than 260-feet (79.24) this season, led by the favorite, Mississippi State frosh Anderson Peters, who had thrown over 80m (262-5) 5 times.

Peters threw last in the second flight and grabbed the lead with his first attempt, 262-11 (80.15). “I’ve been preparing specifically for this meet and these types of conditions,” he said. “I knew how many warmup throws I needed, so that’s why I was able to take the lead so early. I was physically at my best, but I wasn’t able to throw as far as I wanted to. The conditions weren’t perfect.”

Second after round 1 at 252-1 (76.84) was Peters’ Mississippi State teammate, senior Nicolas Quijera. They both improved after that but never relinquished their 1-2 standing in the event.

Peters, a 20-year-old Grenadan who took the Commonwealth bronze earlier this year, set a meet record 271-9 (82.82) in the third round, surpassing the 270-11 (82.58) of Texas A&M’s Ioánnis Kyriazís last year. (Kyriazís was beset by injuries this season and didn’t qualify for Eugene.) Peters’ final throw of 271-1 (82.64) also bettered the previous MR.

Quijera, a Spaniard who was runner-up here for the second straight year, set a PR of 263-2 (80.21), the best non-winning throw in meet history. Mississippi State’s 1-2 finish was only the third ever for any school in this event (North Carolina did it in ’07 and Oregon did it in ’64, when the Ducks actually went 1-2-3).

“I’m just so happy for those two, especially Nico,” Bulldog throws coach April Thomas said. “All season we’ve looked to this meet for him to reach 80m, and to get it on his last throw was a perfect ending.”

Finishing 3rd was Sindri Gudmundsson of Utah State (and Iceland). His first-round throw of 250-6 (76.37) was followed by 5 fouls. This was the seventh time in NCAA meet history that the top three places went to non-Americans.


NCAA MEN’S JAVELIN RESULTS

(June 06)

1. ***Anderson Peters’ (MsSt) 271-9 (82.82) (CL) (7, 10 C)

(262-11, 260-4, 271-9, 259-11, f, 271-1)

(80.15, 79.36, 82.82, 79.23, f, 82.64);

2. Nicolas Quijera’ (MsSt) 263-2 (80.21) PR

(252-1, 261-2, 241-3, f, 252-9, 263-2)

(76.84, 79.61, 73.55, f, 77.04, 80.21);

3. **Sindri Gudmundsson’ (UtSt) 250-6 (76.37)

(250-6, f, f, f, f, f)

(76.37, f, f, f, f, f);

4. *Trevor Danielson (Stan) 235-7 (71.80) PR

(227-2, 235-7, f, p, p, p)

(69.24, 71.80, f, p, p, p);

5. Michael Criticos’ (Mem) 233-9 (71.25)

(223-3, 216-0, 226-0, 218-7, 233-9, f)

(68.05, 65.84, 68.88, 66.62, 71.25, f);

6. Elijah Marta (Ky) 232-3 (70.81) PR

(220-3, 227-4, 232-3, 201-0, 205-8, 207-1)

(67.14, 69.30, 70.81, 61.26, 62.68, 63.13);

7. Fabian Dohmann’ (Tx) 231-7 (70.58)

(231-7, 217-3, 220-10, 216-2, 229-8, 216-7)

(70.58, 66.23, 67.32, 65.88, 70.01, 66.01);

8. *Aaron True (Wich) 230-6 (70.26)

(220-8, 230-6, 229-5, 221-9, f, f)

(67.26, 70.26, 69.94, 67.60, f, f);

9. **Jesse Newman (GCan) 229-0 (69.81) PR

(209-4, 210-4, 229-0, f, 201-7, 218-0)

(63.80, 64.12, 69.81, f, 61.45, 66.45);

10. **Jonno Engelking’ (SEMo) 223-4 (68.07);

11. **Marian Spannowsky’ (UCLA) 223-3 (68.05);

12. *Adrian Williams (SELa) 223-1 (68.01);

13. **William Petersson (TxAM) 220-10 (67.33);

14. **Simon Litzell’ (UCLA) 218-11 (66.72);

15. **Michael Biddle (PennSt) 218-3 (66.52);

16. Tony White (MdBC) 215-7 (65.71);

17. *Denzel Pratt’ (Lib) 213-10 (65.19);

18. *John Nizich (Or) 210-11 (64.30);

19. Richard Vinson (SEMo) 208-7 (63.58);

20. Damien Odle (Wich) 208-3 (63.47);

21. *Rodrigo Iglesias’ (Akr) 207-5 (63.23);

22. Sean Richards (Navy) 201-3 (61.35);

23. ***August Cook (Army) 200-5 (61.10);

24. ***Cade Antonucci (Aub) 194-7 (59.30). □

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