JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Senior thrower Ryan McCullough – the Mid-American Conference champion in the hammer throw, the 2012 Outstanding MAC Championships Field Performer, and the hammer throw school record holder – can now add another line to his already impressive resume: NCAA Championships qualifier.
McCullough launched a 207-03 throw in the fifth attempt of six to finish tenth overall in the 48-person field at the NCAA East Prelims on Friday. The top twelve finishers advanced to the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, beginning June 6. He joins freshman javelin thrower Milica Kulidzan as the Chippewas to qualify so far this weekend.
“Ryan is such a competitor, and he wouldn't be able to make it to a meet of this level without believing in himself and saying 'You know what, I've worked hard and I deserve this; I'm going to go get it,'” director of track and field and cross country Willie Randolph said. “He came out here and he fought for everything, and we're sure he's going to grow from today's performance toward becoming an All-American.”
Fellow senior Kevin Mays finished 18th overall after coming out of the second flight of three in fourth place overall with a mark of 199-02.
Connor McCullough of Princeton won the competition with a mark of 237-06.
After an opening throw of 206-08, McCullough was fifth overall. He fouled the next throw, and then recorded a mark of 203-07 to finish the round eighth overall. In the three-throw final he opened with a mark of 204-07 before unleashing his best throw of 207-03. He fouled his final attempt.