AUSTIN, TX – For the second time in his career, junior Sam Segond (East Stroudsburg, PA) attained All-American status at the NCAA Track and Field Championships. Segond finished ninth in the discus on Friday evening in Austin, TX, with a throw of 56.37m (184-11).
Segond, who entered the championships as the ninth ranked thrower in the nation, earned an at-large bid after he had a rare off weekend at Regionals, finishing in 17th place (49.1 meters). He made the most of his opportunity, however, and caps off what had already been a successful season.
“Sam showed a lot of character,” said assistant coach Tony Naclerio, who is responsible for coaching the throwers. “This should be a great springboard for him going into next year and beyond. He had a good season, although it was up and down at times. His strong performance at Nationals shows what kind of ability he has.”
The 2004 BIG EAST Champion the discus, Segond helped the Scarlet Knights to a second-place finish at the conference championships. He previously earned All-American honors as a freshman in 2002 after placing 12th in the discus.
Hannes Hopley of Southern Methodist won the event with a throw of 62.01m (203-05).
The NCAA Track and Field Championships close tomorrow, Saturday, June 12, with junior Anthony Butler (Pittsgrove, NJ) representing the Scarlet Knights in the high jump.