Justin Victor Wins National Title in Hammer
May 16, 2012
Justin Victor, shown during the Region VI Track Meet earlier this month, won the national title on May 15 in the men's hammer.
Outside of the men's decathlon and women's heptathlon, the only events taking place today at the NJCAA National Track and Field Championships in Levelland, Texas, were the men's and women's hammer. With just those events taking place, the Ravens already have a national champion as sophomore Justin Victor won the men's hammer. Victor's best mark was measured at 55.94 meters, or 183'-06". Less than two weeks ago, Victor was also crowned Region VI champion in the hammer.
Teammate Deondra Canaday placed sixth in the hammer with a mark of 51.25 meters, or 168'-02". Devin Garcia also competed in the men's hammer and was 12th overall with a distance of 48.91 meters, or 160'05".
By winning the national title in the hammer, Victor will earn first team NJCAA All-American status. Canaday's sixth place finish will place him on the Coaches Association All-American Team.
On the women's side, sophomore Mikayla Howden placed seventh in the hammer. Howden had a mark of 46.28 meters, or 151'-10". Howden will earn a spot on the Coaches Association All-American Team with her finish.
Teammate Myesha Quiett made it to the finals and finished in ninth place with a throw of 43.43 meters, or 142'-06". Ayanna Stancle also competed, but did not place.
Through one day of competition, the Raven men are in first place with 13 points and the women are currently in seventh place with two points. The national track meet will continue Wednesday and will wrap up on Thursday.