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Garrett Jr. places fifth in shot put at USA Track & Field Championships

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics
Release: 06/26/2014
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — All-American Richard Garrett Jr. finished in fifth place in the shot put with his sixth personal record of the spring on Wednesday during the opening day of competition at the USA Track & Field Championships.

With the iconic California State Capitol serving as the backdrop, the 6-foot, 275-pounder qualified for the evening final with a measurement of 64-1 (19.53m) on his third and final attempt of the prelims, which was good for ninth place in the 18-man field.

After recording a career-best measurement of 66-4 ½ (20.23m) on his second put of the evening final, the Garland native went on to record yet another personal record, this time with a measurement of 66-9 ¼ (20.35m), which came one toss later. Those marks topped his previous PR of 66-1 (20.14m) established in his fourth-place performance two weeks ago at the NCAA Championships.

Joseph Kovacs (72-3 ½/22.03m) topped the 12-man field, while Kurtis Roberts (70-5 ¼/21.47m) and Reese Hoffa (68-2 ¼/20.78m) and Jonathan Jones (68-1/20.75m) also finished ahead of the Conference USA Field Athlete of the Year.

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