EUGENE, Ore. (WTVA/MSU Athletics) – Mississippi State freshman standout Anderson Peters can add one more accolade to his resume for the season. The St. Andrews, Grenada, native won the NCAA javelin championship on Wednesday night with a meet-record and collegiate-pesonal-best throw of 82.82m (271-9).
“Coming to Mississippi State with a personal best of 84.81m (278-3), it was kind of expected for me to become the NCAA champion,” Peters said. “I was physically at my best, but I wasn’t able to throw as far as I wanted to. The conditions weren’t perfect, but it was okay.”
Senior Nicolas Quijera finished second, making Mississippi State the first school since North Carolina in 2007 to take the top two spots on the podium in the javelin at the NCAA Championships. On the final throw of his collegiate career, Quijera launched the implement 80.21m (263-2).
“I’m just so happy for those two, especially Nico,” throws coach April Thomas said. “All season we’ve looked to this meet for him to reach 80m, and to get it on his last throw was a perfect ending.”
Quijera’s mark meets the standard he needed to enter international competition for his home nation of Spain, and he is just the second Spaniard ever to break 80.00m (262-5).
The mark also makes MSU the only school in NCAA history with three men to throw over 80.00m in the history of its program. All three are currently on the roster.
“Over 80m, that’s all the significance you need right there,” Quijera said. “It was my dream since I was a young kid throwing the javelin. Now that I’ve got it, it’s awesome. It’s the standard for European Championships, so that allows me to compete in Berlin this summer. The next barrier is 90m.”
MSU also saw freshman Marco Arop qualify for the Friday’s finals in the 800m. He finished fifth with a time of 1:47.14. Dejon Devroe also ran in the 800m semifinals where he finished 14th.
Three Bulldogs made it to the semifinals in the 400m hurdles, but all three saw their seasons end on the first day in Eugene. Malcum Tatum was MSU’s top finisher, placing 15th in 52.01.
In the sprints, Ro’Derick Spears ended his career in the 110m hurdles semifinals, and Karson Kowalchuk saw his season end in the 100m.
The men’s 4x400m took 10th with a time of 3:06.12. The Bulldogs ended day one in second place overall with 18 points, all from the javelin. Georgia leads with 20 points after Denzel Comenentia won both the shot put and hammer.