GENEVA, Ohio — Texas Lutheran senior Garrett Garza finished as the national runner-up in the shot put at the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
At the SPIRE Institute, Garza tossed the shot a school-record 17.81 meters (58 feet, 5.25 inches) to claim his second All-America award of 2019. Garza was eighth in the indoor championships.
David Kornack, a senior from Wisconsin-Eau Claire, won the national championship with a heave of 19.32 meters (63-4.75). Kornack also won the 2019 indoor title.
Garza’s finish is the top outdoor individual placement in TLU Outdoor Men’s Track & Field history.
Marquis Brown won a national indoor championship in the 400 meters in 2017. The TLU 4x100 relay team was the national runner-up in 2018.
Garza has been dominant all season in the shot put. He won his third consecutive SCAC Championship in the shot and won eight times total this spring.
Garza only lost to one DIII athlete this spring, and that second-place finish came against the national champion.
Garza has been ranked in the NCAA Division III’s top five for most of the year.
In other TLU action on Friday, Paris Foster placed 16th in the preliminary round of the 110 hurdles and did not advance to the championship final. Foster crossed the line in 14.97 seconds.
Darren Jones, attempting to race in a second championship final Saturday, just missed qualifying for the 100. Jones was .02 from making the final with a time of 10.60. He will race in the 200 championship final on Saturday. That race starts at 1:50 p.m. central.
Foster also raced in the 100 prelim and did not advance to the final. Foster placed 19th with a time of 10.98.
Ashley Rynard could not get to her second straight 800 national final. Rynard posted the 17th-fastest time of the preliminary rounds. She posted a time of 2:15.58.
Connor Thompson raced in the 400 preliminaries and did not make the finals. Thompson finished 18th overall with a time of 49.48.
In addition to Jones’s race in the 200, the Bulldogs will have Cortnee Priour competing in the women’s triple jump on Saturday. The triple jump competition starts at 10 a.m central. Jones and Priour will be the final two Bulldogs to compete in the 2019 championships.