Unlike last season, the 2013 USA national men’s discus competition did not provide any huge throws, however athletes competed well during the meet. Sadly, there were no heroic like the London trials and therefor no “A” or “B” qualifying throw for the World Champs in Moscow.
2012 Olympian Lance Brooks defended his USA title with his 3rd round throw of 62,29m (204’4″). Brooks had been in 8th place prior to his competition-leading throw. He shared, “It was a repeat of the Olympic Trials last year. I fouled my first throw and my second was 56 or 57 meters. I needed one more throw to make finals. My last throw in preliminaries was 62.29 and that held up to win it. I thought I was going to throw a lot farther so it was good all around. You always want to throw farther, but I will spend the next couple weeks chasing the standard.”
Russ Winger slid four throws over 60,50m (198’6″) and took silver with his 62,03m (203’6″), achieved in the 2nd round. “That’s my best finish at USAs ever. After the Trials last year I was very disappointed.” he said, “It didn’t unfold the way I would have liked. Such is life. I made a few changes in my life. I am working with a new coach. I moved to Colorado Springs and made some good changes in my life. My technique is coming along. This season has been kind of up and down, but that is to be expected when making so many changes. All in all I am pleased with today.”
In the 4th and 5th rounds James Plummer had two throws over 61m (200’2″), with a 61.96m (203’3″) in the latter. Plummer took 3rd place overall; edging two-time Olympian Casey Malone (60.94m). The ecstatic Plummer said, “It was really good competition. I have never really thrown against big names like that before. I just made it to finals. I was 7th when I got to finals I threw 203′ and that got me to 3rd. That was a PR for me.”
Two-time Olympian Jarred Rome finished 6th. Aside, James Plummer of Rutgers University squeaked into the final three rounds with his 3rd round throw of 59.33m (194’8″), jumping him from 14th to 7th.
The question now is where and when will the US Americans go to chase “A” 66m (216’6″) and “B” 64m (210’0″)? San Diego? Neubrandenburg? East Kentwood High School? Hawaii? Can someone ask Ian Waltz if he is hosting a 2013 Altius Track Crew Throwdown?