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College Track & Field: UNI’s Darius King jumps to top spot in NCAA with record throw

IOWA CITY – Darius King broke the school, meet and facility shot put record and jumped to the top spot in NCAA with a career-best throw of 19.58-meters (64-feet-3) and took first at the Jimmy Grant Invite hosted by the University of Iowa.

King’s throw surpassed teammate Keegan Tritle’s indoor school record of 19.08 meters that he recorded last season. He also broke the previous facility record of 19.40. He took first, but Tritle took second with a throw of 18.10-meters and William Blaser finished third with a throw of 17.23-meters.

The record-breaking throw would have qualified him for the 2019 NCAA Indoor National Championship.

The Panthers recorded five total first-place finishes and 19 top-three finishes at the meet. Isaiah Trousil broke the school record in the 300-meter race with a time of 33.74, 4/100s faster than Evan Long’s school record set last season. Trousil finished first and led a group of Panthers that swept the top-four spots.

Cameron Witts and Cameron Bauer went first and second with vaults of 4.60-meters. Owen Minshall took first in the triple jump and the Men’s 4×400-meter relay with a time of 3:14.74.

The Panther 4×400-meter relay team took first place with a time of 3:14.74.

UNI is off until the Hawkeye Invite which is scheduled for Jan. 10-11 in Iowa City.

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