Adam Weidner is a NCAA Division III All-American.
The North Central College sophomore from Wyanet came through with a sixth-place finish in the shot put in his first national championship appearance at Ohio Wesleyan University’s Selby Stadium in Deleware, Ohio.
Weidner entered the day seeded 10th in the 20-man field and quickly set about moving up the ladder. Competing in the first of two preliminary flights, he stood sixth after the first two rounds of throws with a best mark of 52 feet, 9 1/2 inches. On his third and final attempt, he came through with a mark of 54-8 1/4, just one inch shy of his personal best, to move into third place in the flight.
“I had to work on keeping my chest up,” said Weidner of his adjustments between throws in qualifying. “I had my chest down on my throws and that took away some distance, and it all came together on the last throw.”
Upon the completion of the preliminary rounds, Weidner remained in fourth place in the standings and stood in position to compete in the finals. His final throw in qualifying, however, was protested by another team. Ultimately, the attempt was ruled legal and Weidner moved on for three additional throws in the finals.
Weidner’s attempts in the finals each yielded solid results, but none of them were an improvement on his mark from the prelims. He wound up sixth in the final standings, making him the eighth outdoor shot put All-American in the history of the North Central men’s program and the first since ‘02.
“I think it’s a little natural to be nervous, but once I got that first throw out there I felt just fine,” he said. “After that, I just had to stick to my form and it worked.”
The performance capped off a month which saw Weidner improve his personal best by more than three feet and win a College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) individual championship in the event.
• Liz Mosbach, a Mount Mercy University sophomore, qualified for the outdoor national qualifier for the first time. The former BCR Track Athlete of the Year from Hall placed 19th in the long jump (16-11 1/4). She also qualified for the indoor national meet in the long jump and 600 meters.
• Kimi Sanden, a sophomore from Bureau Valley, had season’s bests for Illinois State University of 4:39.27 for the 1,600 meters and 2:17.92 for the 800 meters.
• Coach Tim Eckberg, a Walnut native, and the Cardinal Stritch University men’s golf team placed 18th in the NAIA National Championships in Daytona Beach, Fla.
• Freshman Cole Evenson of Princeton finished with the best score for Olivet Nazarene University in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships in Oak Forrest. He tied for seventh overall with a 157 (+13).
Evenson’s best finish was at University of St. Francis Spring Invite, where he shot a 75.