Friday, June 7, 2013

Hammer Throw U.

It appears that my alma mater, with some help from my ancestral homeland of Slovakia, has built an impressive dynasty in NCAA track and field, in the hammer throw event, with no less than four individual national champions.

In March 2005, Spyridon Jullien, a junior from Athens, Greece won the hammer throw at the NCAA indoor championships, and won it again at the outdoor event the following June.  He repeated the outdoor title in 2006.

In 2009, Marcel Lomnicky, a freshman from Nitra, Slovakia won the NCAA hammer throw championship.

In 2011, Alexander Ziegler, from Dischingen, Germany won the event on his final attempt, as Lomnicky came in second.

In 2012, Lomnicky won the national championship in the weight throw, an indoor event, and later competed for Slovakia at the Summer Olympics in London.  Meanwhile, Ziegler repeated in the hammer throw.

And in 2013, the NCAA hammer throw championship went to Virginia Tech freshman Tomas Kruzliak, who like Lomnicky, comes from Nitra, Slovakia.  Must be something in the water in that town.

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