June 6, 2012
Des Moines, Iowa - Navy sophomore Zack Duncavage (League City, Texas) placed 16th in the discus at the NCAA Division I Men's Track and Field Outdoor Championship on Wednesday afternoon at Drake Stadium. With his top-16 finish, Duncavage earns Second-Team All-America honors.
After fouling on his first attempt, Duncavage made a throw measuring 179-8 (54.78m) to move into 16th place in the 24-member field. Duncavage then posted a mark of 173-6 (52.89m) on his third and final throw, but his second throw of the day would hold up for the 16th-place showing.
"Zack competed well today," head coach Stephen Cooksey said. "He is a very consistent thrower and it was a very good effort for his first time being at the NCAAs. The first time you make it, you can be in awe, but he wasn't that at all. He was focused and he got the job done. He'll come back with a lot of confidence and he will continue to work with Coach Campbell and continue to get better."
Duncavage, the Navy school record holder in the discus (182-11, 55.76m), posted the third-best throw of his career with his 179-8, which was subsequently the third-best mark in Navy history. The Houston area native entered the competition seeded 19th, but improved three spots to place 16th. Duncavage even posted a mark of 57 meters during warm-ups.
Duncavage will officially earn All-America Second Team honors, due to placing between spots nine and 16, sometime next week when the USTFCCCA releases its formal All-American listings.
Duncavage earns the program's 45th All-America certificate in indoor/outdoor track and field. Duncavage is the first Navy discus thrower to earn All-America honors.
The sophomore's participation on Wednesday marked the 36th season that Navy has sent an athlete to the NCAA Outdoor Championship.
Earlier this season Duncavage won the discus title at the Patriot League Championship and also took first place in the event at the Army-Navy Outdoor Star Meet.
This marks the first time that a member of both the Navy men's and women's track and field programs earned NCAA Division I All-America honors in the same academic year. Navy women's standout Jess Palacio earned All-America honors in the mile run at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship in March.
Sophomore Chad Wright of Nebraska won the national championship in the discus on Wednesday with a mark of 206-0 (62.79m). Mason Finley of Kansas was second (200-2, 61.02m) and Luke Bryant of Oklahoma placed third (199-11, 60.94m).