Men's Track and Field signee Ryan Crouser sets national high school discus record
July 9, 2011
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Texas Men's Track and Field incoming freshman Ryan Crouser set the national high school record in the discus Saturday with his throw of 237-6 (72.36m) at the Concordia University All-Comer's Meet.
Crouser bested the previous record of 236-6 set by Mason Finley in 2009. The Gresham, Ore., native also participated in the shot put at the meet, recording a mark of 73-6 (22.40m), for a shot put/discus one-day double that has not been matched in recent prep history.
"For me, I was just really happy to get this record because I've been banged up this outdoor season," said Crouser. "I had a really good indoor season and then after getting banged up during outdoors, I thought about bagging the season but ended up sticking with it. I've been off training for two months and haven't been lifting or throwing so I'm just really happy to get this record."
The discus record is not the first national record that Crouser owns, as he set the high school indoor shot put record in February with his throw of 77-2.75. The mark stands as the second best throw ever by a high school athlete, indoor or outdoor. Crouser shattered the previous mark of 74-11, set in 1990, by over two feet. In addition, he is the U.S. prep indoor 16-pound shot put record holder after he broke a 27-year old mark with his throw of 63-11.
The discus record capped off a stellar senior season for Crouser who battled a leg injury throughout most of the outdoor campaign. During 2010-11, he set three national records and claimed the Oregon Class 6-A State titles in both the shot and discus en route being named the Gatorade Oregon Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
Crouser will join the Longhorns, who already return two All-Americans in the shot put for next season, this August.
"I'm really looking forward to getting down to Texas and training with those guys," Crouser said. "They have a really stromg program overall and so I'm excited to get down there and continue to get better. "