KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Indiana State senior Brandon Pounds was the top collegian in the men’s hammer throw while fellow senior Felisha Johnson opened up the Sycamores three-day competition at the University of Tennessee’s Sea Ray relays with a second place finish in the women’s hammer throw. The two events were the only ones on the schedule for Thursday.
Pounds posted his best throw on his final attempt which went 213-feet-0-inches (64.92 meters) which was just shy of his season best set just last week as he won the event at the Auburn Tiger Track Classic.
The Sycamore was only topped by Gartland Porter and Kevin Becker, both competing unattached, and Andy Fryman of the Mjolnir Throwers Club who won the event at 226-feet-9-inches (69.11 meters). Porter was second (224-feet-7-inches) and Becker third (220-feet-5-inches).
Junior Justin Applegate threw a career best distance of 185-feet-7-inches (56.57 meters) to finish as the ninth collegian and 13th overall while junior Chris Fields posted a distance of 182-feet-0-inches (55.49 meters) to place as the 12th collegian and 16th overall.
Johnson’s best throw came on her final attempt as she went 186-feet-2-inches (56.75 meters) to move into second place. Findlay senior Jessica Rowland also had her best throw on her final attempt, going 189-feet-10-inches (57.86 meters) to earn the win. Purdue senior Dani Bunch finished third with her best throw of 180-feet-9-inches (55.09 meters).
Sycamore senior Mary Theisen recorded her best throw of the competition in the second round as she went 166-feet-6-inches (50.76 meters) to place ninth.
Indiana State volunteer assistant coach Timothy (Kyle) Morse also competed unattached at the Sea Ray Relays as he placed seventh with a distance of 201-feet-4-inches (61.38 meters).
Thursday’s competition ended just before a storm moved into the area but the weather is supposed to be improved on Friday when action resumes at 12:00 p.m. (ET) with the men’s open discus and women’s 3,000 meter run.