Schwendtner 40th in Hammer at NCAA East Regional Track & Field Meet; Hens Close Out 2010-11 Athletics Season
May 27, 2011
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The University of Delaware closed out its 2010-11 athletics season Friday afternoon as Blue Hen junior track & field standout Jim Schwendtner (at right) posted a 40th place finish in the men’s hammer throw at the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field East Regionals at Indiana University’s Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex.
Schwendtner, a native of Ballston Lake, N.Y. (Shenendehowa High School), had a top throw of 180-feet, 8-inches to place 40th overall among the 48 competitors. The top 12 finishers advance to next week’s NCAA Division I championships at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Schwendtner, the two-time defending Colonial Athletic Association champion in the event, threw the hammer 177-3 on his first throw, followed with a toss of 180-8, and finished with a heave of 178-9 on his final throw. He fell short of his season and career-high toss of 196-11 but finished ahead of competitors from schools such as Michigan, Michigan State, and Ohio State.
Virginia Tech captured the top two spots as Marcel Lomnicky had the best throw with a toss of 242-6 and teammate Alexander Ziegler was second with a throw of 233-6. Walter Henning of LSU, Michael Lauro of LSU, and Justin Welch of Georgia closed out the top five.
Schwendtner was one of three Blue Hen student-athletes who competed at the NCAA East Regionals over the last two days. Senior John Viotto placed 35th in the men’s shot put and sophomore Vicky Caruso finished 40th in the 400 meter dash on Thursday.
The event closed out the 2010-11 athletics season for the University of Delaware with the 22 teams competing in over 450 events.
The competition was also the last varsity intercollegiate event for the Blue Hen men’s outdoor track & field team. That program, along with the Delaware’s men’s cross country program, is being reclassified as club sports beginning this fall.