Sunday, February 13, 2011

High schooler Ryan Crouser of Oregon highlights UW Open meet with mammoth toss in shot...

SEATTLE--The small colleges and high schoolers took center stage at the Dempsey Indoor Facility on the campus of the University of Washington as the Huskies hosted the UW Open meet.

Ryan Crouser (left/photo courtesy nationalscholastic.org) from Barlow High School in Oregon took center stage, as he won the invitational high school shot put, spinning the 12-pound ball 74-5 (22.68m), the second longest throw indoors all time by an American high schooler.

After an opening throw in the 21 meter range, Crouser, who has signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Texas, Crouser really got things going in the second stanza, pushing the ball 72-10.75/22.22m, to awaken the crowd clustered in the south end of the Dempsey hoping to witness history.

Two rounds later, the anticipation towards topping Fallbrook (California) prep Brent Noon's 20-year old record of 74-11/22.83m began building as Crouser threw 72-9.25/22.18m.

In round 5, Crouser got the crowd going in a rhythmic clap, as he threw a personal best 74-5/22.68m, setting the stage for one of the most eagerly awaited throws in the facility's history.

Courtesy of media partner RunnerSpace.com, here is video of his fifth round throw:



However the record was not to be, as Crouser fouled in round six.

Afterwards, Crouser said that he felt that his sixth round throw was technically better than his fifth round PR, but said that the shot rolled off his hand as he released the implement.

Canadian Olympian Angela Whyte from Edmonton, currently an assistant coach at the University of Idaho, came back to the Dempsey one day after winning both the hurdles and the long jump at the Flotrack Husky Classic to win the 60 hurdles in 8.31.

Complete results from the UW Open are available here.

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