Bison Track & Field's Joseph Places 17th in Hammer Throw at NCAA Championships
June 8, 2012
DES MOINES, Iowa - Bucknell's Leonard Joseph (Whitesboro, N.Y./Clinton) placed 17th in the hammer throw at the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday, successfully concluding the 2012 track and field season at the highest level. The junior finished with a throw of 202 feet, 1 inch in his first career national championship appearance.
Joseph improved with each passing throw on Friday, putting up a mark of 199-3 on his first attempt. He then cracked the 200-foot barrier on his second throw and upped his performance to 202-1 on his final throw of the afternoon.
With his 17th-place finish, Joseph will earn All-America Honorable Mention accolades when the teams are officially announced on Monday. Joseph is now the seventh Bison man to earn All-America honors and the second in as many years. Teammate Ted Heitzman was a first team honoree last spring in the javelin after placing sixth nationally.
Taking the hammer title was Virginia Tech's Alexander Ziegler in 248-7.
Before looking to the 2012-13 track and field season, Bucknell will keep an eye on two of its rookies who will be competing at the U.S.A. Track & Field (USATF) Junior National Championships next week in Bloomington, Ind. Christian Lupica (Newtown, Pa./Holy Ghost Prep) will compete in the 110-meter hurdles on June 15, while John Dugan (Ramsey, N.J./Ramsey) will go in the steeplechase on June 17.