CMU - Walderzak 19th in Hammer Throw

CMU - Walderzak 19th in Hammer Throw

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Andy Sneddon,

EUGENE, Ore. -- Central Michigan's Cole Walderzak finished 19th in the men's hammer throw Wednesday at the NCAA Track & Field Championships.

The best throw for Walderzak, a junior competing for the first time in the championships, measured at 209 feet. Walderzak entered the competition seeded 16th, with a career-best -- and CMU-record -- 212-11, which he recorded earlier this season.

"I thought Cole looked great," CMU throwing coach John Ridgway said. "Obviously he would loved to have thrown a little farther, but it was one of the best performances of his career. He handled the moment really well, threw confidently and I thought he looked good."

Southern California senior Conor McCullough won the event with a throw of 252 feet, 4 inches. Defending champion Matthias Tayala of Kent State, also a senior, finished second at 234-9.

The top eight in each event earn All-America honors; student-athletes placing ninth-16th earn Second Team All-America honors.

The 16th-place finisher, Michael Lihrman of Wisconsin, measured at 211-7. Six of the 16 All-American throwers are seniors.

"Most athletes don't develop all five years, they kind of top at three or four. Cole worked incredibly hard this year, andI think he absolutely has big gains ahead in year five. I expect the field to be nothing but deeper next year, and I think him being better will do nothing but make it that much deeper."

Walderzak is one of two Chippewas to qualify for the championships. CMU's Devene Brown will compete in the women's discus on Saturday.