Senior Eugenio Mannucci carries Idaho's banner into the NCAA Championships this week and makes his second-consecutive trip to the big meet. By virtue of his ninth-place NCAA West Preliminary finish, Mannucci joins Idaho legends Ray McDonald, Joachim Olsen, Simon Stewart and Russ Winger as the fifth man in Vandal history to qualify for back-to-back NCAA shot put competitions. Each of the previous four claimed All-America honors for Idaho, and Mannucci is in search of his first such honor.
Mannucci's trip to Des Moines gives Idaho its 16th-straight season with either a men's or women's thrower at an NCAA Championship meet. He is the eighth man to represent Idaho in an NCAA shot put ring.
In 2010, Mannucci threw 56-9½ (17.31m) and finished 21st overall in the shot put at the NCAA Championships. This year, Mannucci has already broken the 60-foot barrier and enters the competition with best of 60-5¾, which ranks 15th in the field of 24.
The men's shot put competition will begin at 3:30 p.m. (PT) on Friday, June 10. Live stats and free live video will be available through www.GoDrakeBulldogs.com.
- With Eugenio Mannuci's outdoor shot put bid and Jeremy Klas' indoor pole vault qualification, the Idaho track and field team has now been represented at either the indoor or outdoor NCAA Championship meets in 17 consecutive seasons and 31 of the last 33 overall.
- Mannucci is the eighth Vandal man to qualify for the NCAA Championships in the shot put. This week, he'll try to become the sixth to achieve All-America status in the event.
- Mannucci isn't the first Vandal in his family to compete in the shot put at an NCAA meet. His wife, Mykael Mannucci (Bothum), was a three-time NCAA qualifier and two-time All-American in the shot put in 2009 and 2010.
- Mannucci's best of 60-5¾ (18.43m) in the shot put is the top mark by an Italian shot putter this season.
- The University of Idaho has been represented by either a men's or women's thrower at an NCAA Championships meet every season since 1996.
- Seven Vandal men have broken the 60-foot barrier in the shot put. Four of them - Joachim Olsen, Russ Winger, Simon Stewart and Eugenio Mannucci were coached either by Idaho head coach Julie Taylor or her husband, volunteer assistant Tim Taylor (he's also one of the seven).
- Since 1995, 31 different ment and 17 different women have represented Idaho at an NCAA Championship meet.
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