Before leaving Ashland for Birmingham, Ala., and the NCAA Division II indoor track and field championships, AU head coach Jud Logan said he needed points in the weight throw from seniors Garrett Grey and Richard Quick.
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Grey entered Thursday’s national meet ranked first in the country and Quick was fourth. The duo fulfilled Logan’s request, they just reversed the pecking order.
Quick won the first national title of his career. He led the field with a mark of 68 feet, 3.25 inches, while Grey was third (64-10). Finishing in between the AU throwers was Ryan Smith of Indianapolis (64-10).
AU picked up some more points in the event thanks to sophomore Zac Ball. He wrapped up an All-America citation by finishing fifth (63-0).
The women’s weight throw was also held Thursday. AU’s top finisher was sophomore Kim Habegger. She was fourth (61-4.75). Sophomore Jessica Bridenthal was eighth (59-0).
The women’s event was dominated by GLIAC throwers. Grand Valley State’s Sam Lockhart was first (69-0.75) and Jessica Rowland of Findlay was second (65-10.25).
The weight throw was the only event held on Thursday.
NCAA Championships in track and field, swimming and wrestling are being held in Birmingham, Ala., this week. On Thursday, AU won a pair of national titles. In addition to Quick’s finish, the Eagles got a gold medal from the women’s 200 free relay in swimming.