ALL-AMERICAN: Godwin secures fifth in javelin at NCAA Championship

Friday, May 25, 2018
by Wes Bloomquist | wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

LA CROSSE, Wisc. – UT Tyler senior Matthew Godwin earned NCAA Division III All-American honors with a javelin throw of 62.98 meters that placed him fifth at the NCAA DIII Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Friday at Roger Herring Stadium.

A Hallsville native, Godwin unleashed his best throw on his fifth attempt to secure his first All-American honors and the fourth in UT Tyler men’s track & field history. Godwin joins Ed Palencia who was a 2013 All-American in the javelin, Buck Thompson who earned three all-America honors in the discus and one in the shot put and Taylor Reed secured the honor in the pole vault as UT Tyler Track & Field Outdoor All-Americans. 

UT Tyler junior Zach Richardson ran a 48.31 in the 400-meter prelims but did not qualify for the finals on Saturday. Richardson won the ASC Championship last month with a time of 47.88 in the event which is a program record. His time on Friday is the second fastest in UT Tyler history. Patrick Mikel from Loras ran the fastest prelim time at 46.81, while Brandies’ Irie Gourde ran a 46.99.

A four-time American Southwest Conference champion, Godwin continued developing throughout his career in the javelin. He would establish a personal record and win the ASC Championship last month in Abilene with a throw of 63.23 meters after having a best throw coming into this season at 57.04. On Friday, Godwin’s throw of 62.98 (206-feet, 7-inches) was his second-best throw in his career and put him on the podium with the nation’s top throwers.

“It took a tremendous amount of focus and resilience for matt to finish fifth today,” UT Tyler coach Chris Stonestreet said. “He was one of the last to make finals, then in the fifth round he got passed to get knocked out of an all-American position. He immediately responded with his best throw to jump back into the podium. That just showed the nation what I've seen for four years. Matt has been a steady competitor his whole career that never gets too high or low. Every time he's experienced adversity, he's faced it head on and has thrived on the challenge. He worked so hard for four years just to get the chance to qualify for nationals. Ending his career with a 5th-place, All-American finish gives me so much joy and pride, it's honestly hard to put into words.”

George Fox’s Seth Nonnenmacher won the NCAA DIII Javelin National Championship with a throw of 73.75 meters, while Cameron Stalters was second at 69.90 meters.

UT Tyler will be represented this afternoon by Zach Richardson in the 400 meters which has prelims starting at 4 p.m. and the finals on Saturday.