Courtesy: Spencer Farrin (Moscow, Idaho)
|Marshall finishes 17th|
MOSCOW, Idaho – University of Idaho thrower Mike Marshall finished 17th in the men’s javelin at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Thursday at Des Moines, Iowa.
Marshall, a junior from Yakima, Wash., posted a mark of 224-9 (68.52m) in his first career NCAA final round appearance. His throw was sixth-best in the first flight and was 17th overall in the competition. Illinois State’s Tim Glover repeated as NCAA champion with a best throw of 268-0 (81.69m).
“I’m a little disappointed I didn’t throw as well as I’d hoped, but it was still my second-best throw all-time,” Marshall said after the meet. “I was definitely nervous - I was the first one to throw and my mark showed how nervous I was. There were a lot of people around the whole javelin area, so it was really cool to throw in that environment.”
Marshall finishes his junior season with a best of 230-6 (70.26m), which ranks third all-time at Idaho. He was the fourth Vandal man to qualify for the NCAA Championships in the javelin and the first since school-record-holder Oscar Duncan in 1998.
“I was happy with how he competed,” Idaho head track and field coach Julie Taylor said. “He wanted to be at least a Second Team All-American and he was just one spot away from that. He’s just had a tremendous year.
“He’s a consistent 67- or 68-meter thrower now, and he would have been happy with 62 meters earlier this year. He still has a long ways to go, but he’s improved so much this year and I’m so happy for him.”
With his first national competition now behind him, the second-year Vandal, who started his career at Idaho as a walk-on, now says he has a different perspective and much higher hopes for next season.
“I had zero expectations when I walked on – I really only did it to give me something to do other outside of school, but it’s turned out pretty well so far,” Marshall said. “I honestly feel like next year is going to only get better, I’m definitely going to improve and I think the podium is within reach.”
The competition puts a wrap on an impressive Idaho season that included a men’s indoor/outdoor Western Athletic Conference team title sweep, eight total individual men’s WAC outdoor titles and three individual women’s titles. The Vandal women also posted runner-up team finishes both indoors and out.
“On the men’s side, I think we couldn’t have asked for a better season,” Idaho director of track and field/cross country Wayne Phipps said. “Winning two team titles and getting another person to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Mike Marshall is just great and I think it really caps off a tremendous year for us.”