ATHENS, Ga. — Former Georgia All-American and two-time Olympian shot putter Reese Hoffa recorded the second-longest throw in the history of the Spec Towns Track to win the Athens High Performance Center Shot Put Competition on Friday. Full Results.
Hoffa watched his second attempt with the 16-lb. shot travel 70 feet, 3 inches to win the competition. Hoffa, who also had a mark of 70-1.50 in his six-throw series, holds the facility record after letting go of a 70-9 effort earlier this year.
Taiwan’s Ming-Huang Chang topped his own national record to take second in the competition. Chang, who trains alongside Hoffa with Georgia throws coach Don Babbitt, worked to a throw of 67 feet on his third attempt.
Chang had previously given Taiwan a new No. 1 national mark in the shot in 2010 after recording a throw of 66-10 in Athens.
A pair of current Bulldogs also competed in Friday’s competition as sophomore Caleb Whitener (56-1) took third and sophomore Justin Welch(47-7.75) was fourth. Whitener’s throw tied for the second longest outdoors in his collegiate career.
Friday’s competition served as a tune-up for Hoffa and Chang for the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, Korea on Aug. 27 through Sept. 4.
These four competitors as well as two-time Olympic silver medalist Adam Nelson, who is Hoffa’s training partner in Athens, will compete in the second Athens High Performance Center Shot Put Competition on Aug. 19 at the Spec Towns Track.