AUSTIN, Texas – Utah State junior thrower Sindri Gudmundsson earned first-team All-American honors for the third-consecutive year by placing fourth in the finals of the javelin on Wednesday at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
“It means a lot to me,” Gudmundsson said. “To be hurt all year, but still end up fourth overall makes me happy. It just tells me that I can be very competitive for first place in 2020.”
Gudmundsson placed fourth with a season-best throw of 73.92 meters (242-6). It came on his first attempt of the night at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
“My performance wasn’t great, but I’m happy I was about to get in some decent distance on my throws,” Gudmundsson said. “To be a three-time first-team All-American means a lot to me. Now, I’m just excited to be back for my senior year and make it four in a row. Even though this wasn’t my best year, I’m extremely satisfied with what I got from it. It wasn’t the distance I wanted, either, but that will come.”
Added second-year Utah State head track & field coach Matt Ingebritsen: “I actually felt really good about his series. For not throwing very much this year, and not having his timing as good as it usually is, he came out and fought really hard and performed about as good as I could have hoped for. I am super proud of him for his performance today; he was really tough today.”
The native of Kopavogur, Iceland, is Utah State’s first three-time first-team All-American in one event since former U.S. Olympian James Parker in 2001 (hammer). Gudmundsson, who placed sixth in 2017 and third in 2018 at the Outdoor Finals, was ranked 12th nationally coming into the NCAA Outdoor Finals.
“It’s very special,” Ingebritsen said. “Becoming a first-team All-American at all is a big deal and to do it three times in a row takes a very special athlete and person. Sindri has put himself in great company to be mentioned in the same breath as James Parker. He is definitely leaving a legacy at Utah State that will not soon be matched.”
Mississippi State owned the top-three spots on Wednesday as sophomore Anderson Peters defended his 2018 title by placing first with an eye-popping heave of 86.62 meters (284-2), which is also a meet record. Bulldogs senior Curtis Thompson placed second (78.43 meters/257-3) and freshman Tyriq Horsford captured third (75.59 meters/248-0).
“This year could have gone really poorly for Sindri, but he was able to do what he needed to do all season to have himself ready for when it counted,” Ingebritsen said. “All the sacrifice this season has paid off for sure.”
On the women’s side, Utah State senior Cierra Simmons-Mecham will be in action Thursday as she will race in the semifinals of the 3,000-meter steeplechase at 6:32 p.m. (MT). The native of Soda Springs, Idaho, placed eighth in the event to earn first-team All-America honors at the 2018 Outdoor Finals.
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MIKE A. MYERS STADIUM
JUNE 5, 2019
USU MEN RESULTS:
Javelin (Finals) – 4. Sindri Gudmundsson, 73.92m (242-6).
COMPETITION SCHEDULE FOR UTAH STATE ATHLETES (ALL TIMES MT)
Thursday, June 6
6:32 p.m. – Women’s 3,000-Meter Steeplechase – Semifinals (Cierra Simmons-Mecham)
Saturday, June 8
4:54 p.m. – Women’s 3,000-Meter Steeplechase – Finals (Cierra Simmons-Mecham)