KINGSVILLE, Texas — University of Findlay thrower Eldred Henry set a new NCAA Division II record Saturday in winning the shot put title at the NCAA Division II track and field championships hosted by Texas A&M-Kingsville.
Henry’s record-setting throw came on his third attempt in the preliminary round. He tossed 21.47 meters (70-51/4) to break the previous Division II
record of 20.79 meters (68-21/2) set in 2016 by Pittsburg State (Kan.) thrower Garrett Appier.
Henry’s first throw, at 19.62 meters (64-41/4), was enough to win the event. He improved to 20.62 (67-8) on his second attempt before his record-breaking throw.
Henry’s crown on Saturday followed his shot put victory in March at the Division II indoor championships, where he won the event with a throw of 20.18 meters (66-21/2). Earlier in the indoor season, he set the Division II record of 20.61 (67-71/2).
Bluffton High graduate Trevor Bassitt, running at Ashland University, won a national championship in the 400-meter hurdles. Bassitt finished in 51.39 and won by four-tenths of a second.
Earlier Saturday, Bassitt placed second in the 110-meter hurdles in 13.74. In the meet’s final event, Bassitt helped Ashland to a second-place finish in the 1,600 relay in 3:06.12.
Two UF athletes also competed in event finals Saturday.
Liberty-Benton graduate Austin Combs, second on Thursday in the men’s hammer throw, placed 21st in the shot put with a top throw of 16.53 meters (54-23/4).
Hannah Hahler was 17th in the women’s shot put with a best throw of 14.41 meters (47-31/2). Hahler was UF’s lone women’s athlete at the meet.
Bassitt’s results helped Ashland to the men’s team championship with 54 points. UF tied for 16th with 16 points; Great Midwest Athletic Conference rival Tiffin University was fifth (341/2).