(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) – Marcus Myers (Grelton, Ohio/Patrick Henry) became Walsh's first men's NCAA Division II All-American after he finished seventh in the weight throw on the opening day of the indoor track & field national championships. Myers' best throw came on his fourth attempt as he threw the weight 19.42 meters, or 63 feet, 8.75 inches.
In doing so, Myers also set a new school record as he broke his old mark of 19.06 meters thrown at the GLIAC Championships.
"Even though Marcus was ranked last coming into the competition, we had every bit of confidence he was going to out perform the field," said Throws Coach Jeff Jakmides. "We planned to be here with our training, and things connected at the perfect time. Marcus is the single most composed athlete I have ever coached. His first throw of prelims was probably the worst throw he has had in the last month in a competition, and he turned around and threw a lifetime best on his second attempt.
"He not only is a phenomenal athlete but the growth he has made as a leader on this team has help his own personal success. He has been and continues to be a cornerstone in the developmemt of this program. [I] couldn't be more proud. [It was] earned and deserved."
GLIAC competitors dominated the event taking the top seven places and 11 of the top 12. Tiffin's Coy Blair took home the national championship with a throw of 21.44 meters. Myers edged cross-town rival in Malone's Duke Taylor for the seventh spot as Taylor's best throw came at 18.84 meters.
Myers' faulted on his first attempt, but came back with a strong throw for his second attempt which traveled 19.39 meters. After a fault on his third, Myers gave his aforementioned best throw. He went on to throw 19.13 and 18.58 on his fifth and sixth attempts, respectively.
The result gives Myers All-American honors and earned the Cavaliers two points in the overall team standings.
Overall, 15 athletes declared to participate in the event.