Linfield Wildcats

May 24, 2014
Ewing attains All-America status
Javelin Results: Men
Javelin Results: Women
Ewing Video
DELAWARE, Ohio – Morgunn Ewing made the most of his first trip to the NCAA Track & Field Championships, placing eighth in the javelin to achieve All-America status on Saturday's day of competition at Ohio Wesleyan's Selby Stadium.
Competing in her final collegiate meet, and second national championships, Kate Shear recorded a season-best throw to place 11th in the javelin, one position higher than her final result as a freshman in 2011.
Ewing threw 194 feet, 10 inches (59.39 meters) on his final attempt in the preliminary flight, one of nine marks worthy enough to advance to the finals. Though he did not top that performance in the second round, he became Linfield's first All-American in two seasons, and first male to finish among the top eight in four years.
“Morgunn was certainly a little tight at the beginning,” Olson said, “but he was able to calm down and put it together on his last throw of the prelims to make it to the finals.”
As Linfield's first male national qualifier since the 2010 season, Ewing finished seven places higher than expected after entering the meet with the 15th-best mark among Division III competitors this year.
“It's pretty impressive for him to make it to nationals at a last-chance meet and then for him to be an All-American is just awesome,” said head coach Travis Olson. “I'm looking forward to his future as I feel like we are just scratching the surface on his potential.”

Shear, meanwhile, launched the spear a season-best 137 feet, 9 inches (41.98m) in her first attempt, but was unable to top the effort in her remaining throws to advance to the finals.
“Kate start off really strong with her first throw,” Olson said. “Unfortunately she was not able to build off of that but she still had a season's best and finished 11th out of the 22 throwers that made it.”
Mitchell Obenrader, a freshman from Penn State Erie-The Behrend College, registered a best toss of 219 feet, 10 inches (67.01m) to win the men's javelin competition by more than 3 ½ feet. Ramapo junior Alexis Appezzato captured the women's individual crown with a best throw of 157 feet, 4 inches (47.96m), winning by almost five feet.
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Morgunn Ewing
Linfield's first All-American in two years