AUSTIN, Texas – Abilene Christian senior Nick Jones moved to the top of Division II in the discus throw on Saturday with a solid performance at the 85th annual Texas Relays.
Already the Division II leader in the shot put, Jones threw 195 feet, 2 inches to finish fourth in the university-college section A discus throw at Myers Stadium. His best throw came in the fourth round of a fine series for the senior from Amarillo. He was actually the third collegiate athlete behind Luke Bryant of Oklahoma (197-9) and Ryan Crouser of Texas (195-6).
Jason Morgan, a Jamaican competing unattached after representing Louisiana Tech, was second in the final standings at 197-4.
Jones opened his 2012 outdoor discus competition here with 183-1 and followed with 193-2 and 191-9 in the preliminary rounds. He was third going into the finals, where he produced 195-2 and 191-2 before a foul in the sixth round.
Bryant was in fourth place after the preliminary throws, but he moved to first in the fourth round.
Jones is a three-time NCAA Division II champion in the discus and recently won his first shot put title at the NCAA Division II indoor meet.
An hour after the discus concluded here Saturday, Jones moved from the north to the south end of Myers Stadium on a warm afternoon in sunny Central Texas to compete in the shot put. After fouls in the first and second round, he came through with 58-8 in the third round to move into fifth place and advance to the final.
But then came three more foul throws for Jones, leaving him in eighth place in the final standings for the shot put. Texas senior Jacob Thormehlen was the winner in 64-1.