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Garrett Jr. to compete at NCAA Championships on Friday afternoon

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics
Release: 06/04/2013
Courtesy UTSA Athletics
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SAN ANTONIO — Senior All-American Richard Garrett Jr. will look to carry the momentum from his record-setting Western Athletic Conference (WAC) shot put championship performance into this weekend's NCAA Championships, which begin on Friday in Fayetteville, Ark.

Garrett Jr. is scheduled to compete at 3:15 p.m. on the opening afternoon of the two-day meet. The Garland native comes into the event with the nation's third-best mark (65-9 ½/20.05m), which he recorded in winnng his third consecutive league title two weeks ago. The 6-foot, 260-pounder bettered UT Arlington's Bozidar Antunovic by one-and-a-quarter inch and the measurement added nearly three feet to his previous best of 62-11 ¼ (18.81m) established at last month's Armory Collegiate Invitational. Garrett Jr., this year's WAC Field Athletie of the Year, has won a total of 10 gold medals during his illustrious four-year career.

Defending national champion Jordan Clarke of Arizona State currently leads the nation with a put of 67-6 ¾ (20.59m), while the 2011 runner-up, Mason Finley of Wyoming (65-9 ¾/20.06m), is the only other competitor who ranks above Garrett Jr. coming into Friday's competition.

It marks the second NCAA Indoor Championship appearance of Garrett Jr.'s career. He earned second-team All-America honors two years ago after placing 15th in College Station.


Richard Garrett Jr.'s 2012-13 Progression List
 
Mark Place
Meet Location Date
61-0 (18.59m) 1st (7) Texas A&M Reveille Invitational College Station, Texas Dec. 8
60-1 (18.31m) 2nd (28) Texas A&M 12-Team Invitational College Station, Texas Jan. 12
60-5 ¾ (18.43m) 1st (15) Leonard Hilton Memorial Houston, Texas Jan. 18
62-11 ¼ (19.18m) ^ 2nd (49) Armory Collegiate Invitational New York City, N.Y. Feb. 1
65-9 ½ (20.05m) ^ 1st (15) WAC Championships Albuquerque, N.M. Feb. 22
^ denotes new program record
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