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Carper Takes 4th in NCAA Track Championships
MOON TOWNSHIP – Senior Chris Carper (Altoona, Pa. / Altoona) of the Robert Morris University men's outdoor track & field team became the first student-athlete in program history to be named to the All-America First Team when he finished fourth in the javelin at the NCAA Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, Saturday afternoon.
On his first attempt of the event, Carper posted a toss of 71.19 meters (233'6"), which placed him fourth. It proved to be his best throw of the afternoon and ranks third all-time in school history.
Claiming the 2014 NCAA national title in the event was Sam Crouser of Oregon, who finished with a throw of 76.98 meters (252'7"). Crouser posted the winning toss in the final round, overtaking Raymond Dykstra of Kentucky, who earned silver with a distance of 76.72 meters (251'8"). Jay Stell of Navy earned bronze with a toss of 71.30 meters (233'11") in his first throw of the event.
Thanks to Carper's performance, Robert Morris compiled five points, tied with 10 other schools, including Pittsburgh and Penn State.
Carper's performance at the 2014 NCAA Championships caps the most dominant career in school history in an event. He now owns each of the top 11 marks in program history in the javelin, is a four-time All-Northeast Conference selection and claimed the individual title in the event at the 2014 NCAA East Preliminary Round in Jacksonville, Fla.
--Robert Morris Athletics