(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) – Marcus Myers can call himself a national champion after he won the hammer throw on the opening day of the 2018 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field National Championships. It is the first national championship for Walsh in its NCAA era and first since Joe Morgan won the long jump during the 2010 NAIA Indoor National Championships.
The Grelton, Ohio native took the event easily with a throw of 67.05 meters, or 219-11, which came on his fourth attempt. However, the senior had four countable throws with all of them going further than the best mark from second place finisher Jace Kaleikau of Central Missouri who threw 65.36, or 214-5, on his first attempt.
The finish puts a feather in the athletic cap of Myers who is now a three-time All-American. After failing to place at the indoor championships and faulting on his first throw of the day, he made sure history didn't repeat itself with a throw of 66.95 meters.
"After the first throw there were just flashbacks back to indoor, but I look at those types of opportunities to grow as an athlete," said Myers after the race. "It was just talking myself off the edge and focusing on what I wanted to focus on coming into today and it worked out."
His marks were so good that he clinched the title before his final throw. Myers was even announced as the national champion before his sixth and last attempt. It caused some nervousness, in a relaxed sense.
"I don't really know what was going through my head. I wanted to move the mark, but then again, [I] just won a national championship. It's a lot of disbelief obviously, but if feels good to walk away my senior year with a championship."
Myers isn't done competing yet as he will be back in action tomorrow in the discus. That event starts at 4 p.m.
Elsewhere in men's action, Jacob Kernell competed in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, but didn't qualify for the finals tomorrow. The junior ran in Heat 2 and finished with a time of 9:26.13 to place him 18th out of 19.
Walsh is tied for fourth after the first day of competition with three out of 21 events scored. The Cavaliers have 10 points on Myers' win along with Central Missouri and MSU-Moorhead.