LSSU - Dieck places fifth at NCAA Outdoor Nationals

LSSU - Dieck places fifth at NCAA Outdoor Nationals

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BRADENTON, Fla. - Lake Superior State senior Justin Dieck closed out his collegiate track and field career by achieving the long sought-after goal of earning All-America status in the outdoor shot put.

Dieck placed fifth in the shot put Saturday at IMG Academy with a distance of 17.42 meters. He hit that mark on his first attempt during Day 3 of competition at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships. Three of his five attempts were better than 17 meters.

"Justin closed out his college throwing career today in a great way," LSSU track and field coach Jason Davis said. "To earn his third first-team All-America honor is an impressive feat. He is certainly the most successful thrower in LSSU's history. It has been an honor to coach someone who trusted the process from day one and never lost sight of his goals. Justin understood that improvements happen over time and through hard work. I'm going to miss his leadership most of all."

The Swartz Creek, Mich., native entered the meet tied for 10th in the national shot put rankings with a school-record distance of 17.64 meters. He previously earned All-America status during the 2015 and '16 indoor nationals with back-to-back top-two finishes, but was looking for his first top-eight finish at outdoor nationals.

As expected, Pittsburgh State's Garrett Appier won the event with a distance of 20.37 meters, completing the 2016 indoor/outdoor national sweep. Appier leads all divisions in the shot put, but he, too, was off his season-best distance of 20.79 meters.

Tiffin's Coy Blair (18.95 meters) placed second, followed by Tiffin's Jay Feuerstein (17.74 meters) in third. Central Missouri's Jacob Mahin (17.71 meters) was fourth, and Ashland's Elijah Talk (17.41 meters) was sixth.

Prior to nationals, Appier was seeded first, Blair second, Feuerstein 17th, Mahin fifth and Talk ninth.

Appier, Blair, Mahin and Dieck came out of the second flight, while Feuerstein dominated the first flight.