Ferguson and Murfin All-American's in the Shot Put
May 24, 2019
GENEVA, Ohio - On Friday at the the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Caroline Ferguson picked up her first career All-American honor in the shot put with a sixth place finish on the womens side and Blaze Murfin finish fourth in the men's shot to grab yet another All-American honor.
Blaze Murfin was the 2018 national champion in the shot put and looked to defend his title on Friday morning. Murfin sat comfortbaly in third place after the prelims after his third attempt traveled 17.33m/56-10.25, almost a full two meters behind the leader but just 0.48m from second place. Murfin was not able to improve on his 17.33m mark as he went scratch, 17.30m and scratch on his three throws in the finals. Murfin was only jumped by one other thrower in the finals so his 17.33m/56-10.25 earned him a fourth place finish and his fifth career All-American honor. Murfin will wrap up his historic career on Saturday in the hammer throw.
Kayla Slowick was the first of two Spartan women to throw in the discus. The best of her three throws came on her second attempt when she sent the shot 12.94m/42.05.50 for a 17th place finish.
Caroline Ferguson got underway in the second flight and sat in 13th after two throws with a throw of 13.11m. Ferguson delivered on her third throw, coming up with a toss of 13.98m/45-10.50 to sit in sixth place and prime All-American position heading into the the finals. Ferguson would scratch on all three final throws but her orignal top mark of 13.98m would be good enough to keep her in sixth place to earn All-American honors.
Colfay Pointer hit the track in the afternoon for the 400m dash. Pointer would finish the prelims with the sixth best time of 48.16 to send himself to the finals on Saturday.
Alison Beeman raced the 100m dash in a school record time of 11.856 seconds to go into the Saturday’s finals with the third best time overall.