Youngstown State senior Bobby Grace has advanced to the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in the shot put. Grace is one of 16 athletes who will throw in the event at the NCAA meet in Albuquerque, N.M. on Saturday, March 15 at 5:30 p.m.
Grace has had an outstanding senior campaign. He recently won the shot put at the Horizon League Championships with a throw of 19.13 meters, which set a meet record. He defeated his nearest competitor by nearly three meters. For his efforts, he was named the conference's Athlete of the Year and Most Outstanding Performer of the championship meet on the men's side.
His season and school-best throw in the event came on Jan. 24 at the YSU College Invitational when he unleashed a heave of 19.62 meters.
According to the TFRRS website, which records all the top times in the nation, Grace ranks 11th in the nation with his toss of 19.62m. Only 22 throwers this year have eclpised the 19-meter mark. All 16 to advance to the NCAAs have eclipsed the 19.19m mark at one point. In the event, he is seeded ninth.
Grace is the first Penguin to advance to the NCAA Indoor meet since 2003 and just the second overall. He joines Kurt Michaelis as Guins who advanced to the NCAA Championships.
Texas' Ryan Crouser leads the nation with a toss of 21.23 meters which came on Feb. 7 at the New Mexico Classic.
Live results will be available on RecordTiming.com prior to the meet.