PREVIEW: Stonestreet to compete at USATF Indoor Championships

Thursday, March 2, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist ||

TYLER – Chris Stonestreet will coach UT Tyler athletes at the Marc Randle Classic on Friday and then compete in the Weight Throw of the United States of America Track & Field Indoor Championships on Sunday at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Stonestreet, who is UT Tyler’s head strength and conditioning coach and assistant track & field coach, qualified for the USATF Indoor Track & Field Championships with a Weight Throw of 19.89 meters at the Indoor Track & Field Classic last month at The Star in Frisco. Competing as an unattached athlete, he has also won Boston University’s John Thomas Classic in January with a throw of 19.89 meters and the University of Houston’s Leonard Hilton Memorial at 18.94 meters in the first meet of the season.

“I’m just excited to have the opportunity to compete with the best throwers in the nation,” Stonestreet said. “This is something that I’ve only dreamed of and now it’s become a reality. TO have eight years of hard work with so many ups and downs pay off is an indescribable feeling. I missed qualifying for Division III nationals by four inches my senior year and that’s something that has always motivated me. I’m grateful for the opportunities that UT Tyler has given me as an athlete and coach. My athletes inspire me every single day with their hard work and dedication. There is no way I could have gotten here without them.”

Stonestreet will be one of 11 competitors in the event which will start at 1 p.m. on the third day of the USATF Indoor Championships. The event will include Justin Barber, Joe Frye, Michael Shanahan, Zeb Hoffman, Sean Donnelly, Luis Rivera, Andy Fryman, Colin Dunbar, Aaron Zedella and Alex Young. The current American and World record is 25.86 meters which was established at the USATF Indoor Championships in 1995.

A Hurst native, Stonestreet competed for the UT Tyler Track & Field team as a student-athlete before going into coaching. He earned all-conference honors in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and was the program’s all-time leader in the shot put, weight throw and discus after graduation and still holds the UT Tyler record with a distance of 56.02 in the hammer throw. While in college, Stonestreet’s best weight throw was 15.65 in 2011 at the University of Houston. He will coach the Patriots on Friday at the Marc Randle Classic at The Brook Hill School before traveling to New Mexico to compete.