Austin One Step Closer to NCAA Title

At Wednesday’s NCAA Championship javelin trials at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, redshirt freshman John Austin came in 11th place out of 26 with a 211′-8″ toss. His finish landed him amongst the top-12 throwers, who move on from the preliminaries to the finals on Friday.

Austin, who set the Duke record earlier this season with his NCAA-qualifying 225′-5″ hurl in the NCAA East Regional on May 30, has a legitimate chance at the title—the longest mark of today’s preliminary came in at just under 230 feet. Even if Austin doesn’t capture the top spot, he can still go for a top-eight finish, which will garner him All-American status.

A throw of 229′-8″ would qualify him for the Olympic Trials.

—from staff reports

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