AUSTIN, Texas – A fantastic first-year for Sam Welsh led to a historic conclusion on Friday (June 7) night at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, as the discus thrower placed sixth in the event with a new personal best. Welsh is Harvard's second men's All-American in the discus throw, joining former Olympian Nicholas Sweeney '92.
On his third attempt of the night, Welsh reached 195'-4", vaulting into fourth place, and breaking his previous career mark, set at the NCAA East Preliminary meet (194'9"). That was enough to qualify for the final three rounds, and a chance to earn a national title in the event.
Welsh neared his new record on his final attempt of the night with another fantastic effort (193'-9"). He is just the second men's first-year in Harvard history to earn USTFCCCA All-America honors during the outdoor season, joining Nico Weiler '12.
Select student-athletes will compete overseas in the Trans-Atlantic Series, beginning with meets at the University of Limerick (June 23) and the University of Birmingham (June 26th). The Harvard/Yale vs. Oxford/Cambridge Meet will take place on June 29th at the University of Cambridge.