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Brian Freed earns All-American status
Release Date Friday, May 23, 2014
ALLENDALE, Mich. (May 15, 2014) – South Dakota School of Mines & Technology senior Brian Freed earned All-American status Thursday morning during the men’s hammer throw at the NCAA Div. II National Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Freed, a civil engineering major from Staunton, Va., finished with a mark of 194-feet-5-inches to earn seventh place during the finals.

“I had a great day,” Freed said. “It was feeling pretty good and I was able to get a few good throws off and move up a few spots from my seed mark.”

Freed becomes the first-ever Hardrocker student athlete to earn All-American status. Heading into the event, Freed was ranked 12th. Justin Welch, a junior from Findlay University (Ohio) won the event with a throw of 229-1.

“Brian competed well today,” said Hardrocker throws coach Jim Stephens. “He threw very close to his personal record and he was able to land in seventh place. We look forward to tomorrow and to get after it again.”

Next up Freed will compete in his top event, the men’s discus, at noon (MST) Friday. Freed is ranked first in that event with a mark of 180-5.


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