Abilene, Texas – McMurry University junior Paul Davis has been named the NCAA Division II national “Athlete of the Week,” it was announced today by the T&F and XC Coaches Association.
Davis unleashed the top collegiate shot put mark – 20.53m (67′ 4″) – in the nation on Friday (April 19) at the inaugural Heartland Invitational. Throwing in his home ring, Davis obliterated his own school record (previously 63′ 10” set March 29 at the Texas Relays) by 3 ½ feet. It’s hard to imagine how he big man feels after such a massive improvement and one has to wonder if he will every reach that distance again.
To put it into perspective, Davis’ effort would have placed him 11th at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Davis moved ahead of Ryan Crouser’s (University of Texas) best mark 20.43m (67′ 0”).
It marked Davis’ 4th consecutive effort of better than 19.20m (63′ 0″) in a competition and the 10th time (in 14 competitions) of surpassing the 18.30m (60′ 0″) barrier since he first eclipsed that mark back on 25/3/2012. It also likely earned him a spot in the USA’s Moscow World Championship Trials in Iowa.
Because McMurry is not a full NCAA II member yet, Davis and his teammates will not be at NCAA II championships, instead competing at the National Christian College Athletic Association – to which McM also holds affiliation – championship meet in Joliet, Illinois in two weeks.
Davis’ mammoth throw on Friday also opens the door for legitimate conversation about the Lubbock, Texas native’s stated personal goal of being the lightest shot put competitor to ever hit 70′. Davis stands 6’3”, but weighs a mere 225 pounds, which is downright diminutive by prototypical shot put standards.
Hat Tip to: KTXS