Bryant returns to win national shot put title

first_imgSaturday’s performance was the latest breakthrough for Bryant, who threw a then personal-best 64-6 to win the 2006 Pacific-10 Conference on his final throw of the competition and went on to place seventh in the NCAA championships. It was also a joyous evening for Long Beach State senior Ronald Curry who placed fourth in the triple jump at 52-4 to earn his second All-American honor after placing seventh in the outdoor championships last June. Carter was one of two Long Beach State athletes to earn All-American honors in the two-day meet along with Jimmy Grabow, who placed 11th in the 5,000 meters on Friday. UCLA placed seventh in the team competition with 23 points, buoyed by a victory by Rhonda Watkins in the long jump on Friday, and a runner-up finish by Allie Bohanon in the mile in 4:43.36 on Saturday. Arizona State defeated Tennessee, 38-30, for the title. In the men’s competition, Wisconsin won with 40 points, followed by Florida State with 35 and Texas in third with 34. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Bryant is the first USC thrower to win an indoor national title in the shot put and the Trojans’ first NCA champion in the event since 1962. His winning throw was a career-best by nearly three feet. “I might have surprised some people who were here watching but training is going good,” Bryant said. “I felt really good. I knew that I should win and I just went out and did it.” Bryant’s throwing career had appeared in doubt after a horrific accident while competing in the hammer throw at a meet at Cal State Northridge on April 2, 2005. An errant throw by Bryant ricocheted off the steel chain link fencing and the 16-pound steel ball caromed straight down at Bryant’s face. Bryant managed to slightly deflect the ball with a hand but there was still considerable damage to his face. He underwent two hours of surgery and had terrible headaches for weeks. Small scars are a constant reminder of the accident. Bryant’s triumph on Saturday came after missing most of the 2005 season after shattering bones in his face beneath his right eye when he was struck by a hammer he threw. “I pretty much forgot about that,” Bryant said. “It’s over now. I don’t even think about it. All I am thinking about is throwing far.” center_img FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Noah Bryant is as good as new and maybe even better. The USC senior won the shot put with a school-record 67 feet, 5 inches in the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships at the University of Arkansas’ Randal Tyson Track Center on Saturday. last_img read more

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