Posted: May 24, 2019
GENEVA, Ohio -- Texas Lutheran senior Garrett Garza finished as the national runner-up in the shot put at the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
At the SPIRE Institute, Garza (Round Rock/Stony Point) tossed the shot a school-record 17.81 meters (58 feet, 5.25 inches) to claim his second All-America award of 2019. Garza was eighth in the indoor championships.
David Kornack, a senior from Wisconsin-Eau Claire, won the national championship with a heave of 19.32 meters (63-4.75). Kornack also won the 2019 indoor title.
Garza's finish is the top outdoor individual placement in TLU Outdoor Men's Track & Field history.
Marquis Brown (Refugio/Refugio) won a national indoor championship in the 400 meters in 2017. The TLU 4x100 relay team was the national runner-up in 2018.
Garza has been dominant all season in the shot put. He won his third consecutive SCAC Championship in the shot and won eight times total this spring.
Garza only lost to one DIII athlete this spring, and that second-place finish came against the national champion.
Garza has been ranked in the NCAA Division III's top five for most of the year.
In other TLU action on Friday, Paris Foster placed 16th in the preliminary round of the 110 hurdles and did not advance to the championship final. Foster crossed the line in 14.97 seconds.
Darren Jones, attempting to race in a second championship final Saturday, just missed qualifying for the 100. Jones was .02 from making the final with a time of 10.60. He will race in the 200 championship final on Saturday. That race starts at 1:50 p.m. central.
Foster (Magnolia/Magnolia) also raced in the 100 prelim and did not advance to the final. Foster placed 19th with a time of 10.98.
Ashley Rynard (Temple/Temple) could not get to her second straight 800 national final. Rynard posted the 17th-fastest time of the preliminary rounds. She posted a time of 2:15.58.
Connor Thompson (Nederland/Nederland) raced in the 400 preliminaries and did not make the finals. Thompson finished 18th overall with a time of 49.48.
In addition to Jones's race in the 200, the Bulldogs will have Cortnee Priour (Victoria/Goliad) competing in the women's triple jump on Saturday. The triple jump competition starts at 10 a.m central. Jones and Priour will be the final two Bulldogs to compete in the 2019 championships.
Event 34 Men Shot Put
==================================================================================== Two seeded flights; random draw within flight. 20 minute flight specific warm-up. No general warm-up. Max 15 min. before finals. May start early if all are ready. Advance best 9 AFTER ties to finals. Reverse order. DIII Champ: # 19.56m 1983 Mike Manders, Hamline Stadium: ^ 18.55m Name Year School Final H# Points ==================================================================================== Final 1 David Kornack SR Wis.-Eau Claire 19.32m^ 63-04.75 2 10 18.73m 19.32m 19.09m 18.85m X X 2 Garrett Garza SR Texas Lutheran 17.81m 58-05.25 2 8 17.67m 16.66m 17.81m 15.90m 16.58m 16.94m 3 Colin McCabe SO Mass. Maritime 17.36m 56-11.50 2 6 16.68m 17.19m 16.64m 17.36m X X 4 Blaze Murfin SR Dubuque 17.33m 56-10.25 2 5 16.13m 16.30m 17.33m X 17.30m X 5 Sean Sherman JR Mount Union 17.05m 55-11.25 2 4 15.95m 17.05m 16.99m 16.07m X X 6 Jackson Sheckler FR Wis.-Oshkosh 16.62m 54-06.50 2 3 14.88m 16.62m 16.30m X X 16.46m 7 Michael Hensch SR Gustavus Adolphus 16.50m 54-01.75 2 2 16.29m 16.50m 16.00m 16.01m X X 8 David Danhauer SR St. Thomas (Minn.) 16.38m 53-09.00 2 1 15.97m 16.38m 15.96m 15.66m 16.15m X 9 Kai Barber SO St. John's (Minn.) 16.25m 53-03.75 2 15.53m 16.18m 16.25m 16.00m X 16.18m 10 Kevin Ruechel SO Wis.-Stout 16.06m 52-08.25 2 16.06m 15.85m 15.28m 11 Gage O'Brien JR St. Thomas (Minn.) 15.92m 52-02.75 1 15.69m X 15.92m 12 Kejuan Frazier SO Albion 15.92m 52-02.75 1 15.62m 15.92m X 13 Bram Miller SO Carnegie Mellon 15.85m 52-00.00 1 15.85m 15.28m 15.78m 14 Nick Tegtmeier JR Wis.-Oshkosh 15.67m 51-05.00 1 14.89m 15.67m X 15 Ryan Njegovan SR Aurora 15.61m 51-02.75 1 15.56m 15.61m X 16 Josh Miller SO Capital 15.53m 50-11.50 1 15.53m X 15.42m 17 Landon Zimmerman JR Wis.-Whitewater 15.52m 50-11.00 1 15.52m 15.17m 15.43m 18 Billy Emerson SR McDaniel 15.03m 49-03.75 1 14.57m 14.70m 15.03m 19 Jarrod Webb SR Wash & Jeff 14.66m 48-01.25 1 14.66m 14.41m X 20 Chase Bonner SR Buena Vista 14.47m 47-05.75 1 14.47m 14.18m X