June 7, 2013
EUGENE, Ore. -- Navy men's track & field junior Zack Duncavage earned second-team All-American honors for the second straight year in the discus by placing 11th at the NCAA Track Championships held at the University of Oregon this weekend.
Duncavage, who earned Navy's first All-America certificate in the discus event a year ago, fired off a top throw of 191-10 (58.47 meters) to place 11th and easily secure second-team All-American honors. His heave is the second-best throw in school history, just 10 inches behind his 192-8 (58.74 meters) throw at the Patriot League Championship on May 4.
"His goal was to finish top eight and earn first-team honors. My goal for him was to place in top nine to get into finals, and he was almost there. He was passed on the last two throws of the flight. It was a very good competition, and was much tougher to get in finals this year compared to last year," said Navy assistant coach Chris Campbell. "Zack competed well and was focused over the last few weeks. He had great workouts and to almost throw his personal best at the NCAAs in front of the biggest crowd he has thrown in front of during his life in exciting."
The League City, Texas, native entered the event ranked 17th, but quickly surpassed that. Competing in the second flight, Duncavage's first throw went 177-10 (54.20 meters), but then surged into ninth place with just one throw left by 12 competitors with his toss of 191-10. He fouled on his third throw and was passed by Texas A&M's Dalton Rowan and Texas' Ryan Crouser to drop him to 11th place on the final two throws of the flight.
Duncavage becomes just the fourth Navy outdoor track & field student-athlete to earn All-America honors twice, joining John Mentzer in 1997 and 1998 (10,000-meter run), Greg Keller in 1992 and 1993 (Steeplechase) and Leo Williams in 1981, 1982 and 1983 (high jump).
"As soon as he was done, he was disappointed. He wanted to get on the podium and get that medal. Zack is very intent on getting it next year and feels he can throw farther. He wants to get better and keep working to get better," added Campbell. "It was a great week out here and Oregon really showed great hospitality. It's a very exciting venue with stadium seating around it and he felt like it was a great place to throw. He didn't quite accomplish his goal, but overall, he had a great year."
It is the 46th outdoor track & field All-America citation in school history.
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