Sophomore Bradley Sauer finished 13th in the weight throw at the NCAA Indoor Championships on Saturday.
March 9, 2013
By Tyler Wooten
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Sophomore Bradley Sauer finished 13th in the men's weight throw at the NCAA Indoor Championships on Saturday, officially concluding the Saluki Track and Field indoor season.
Sauer's best launch of 19.99m (65-07.00) came in his second of three attempts, missing the cutoff for finals. Alexander Ziegler of Virginia Tech took home the national title with a winning throw of 22.46m (73-08.25). Sauer finished behind fellow Valley competitor Brandon Pounds of Indiana State (All-American, seventh place, 21.01m/68-11.25) and finished ahead of 2013 MVC weight throw champion Issac Twombly of Drake (14th place, 19.01m/62-04.50).
The Murphysboro, Ill., native follows a long line of national weight throw competitors under John Smith's tutelage since arriving in Carbondale in 2004, which most recently included 2012 NCAA weight throw runner-up J.C. Lambert.
Thus far in his short career, Sauer has pushed himself to third in the Saluki record books in the men's weight throw (21.17m/69-05.50), and Sauer earned his first All-MVC distinction on Feb. 23 at the MVC Indoor Championships with a second-place finish.
"It's a little disappointing, but I've seen what it takes to be an All-American now," Sauer said. "I'm glad that I had the chance to come here and compete against the top athletes in nation."
"The first time at an NCAA meet, the failure rate is at 90 percent," said throws coach John Smith. "I told him that's how these things work. In that situation the first time through, it's tough. (Sauer) finished the same place J.C. (Lambert) did when he was a sophomore, only difference was JC was an All-American. Brad actually threw within inches of what J.C. did that year."
"It's a process, everyone goes through it," Smith continued. "That's how these things work. Next time around, he's gonna know. I compare it to coaching (head coach) Connie (Price-Smith) in the Olympics: You don't compete, you survive."
Next up for the Salukis is the outdoor season, beginning on Saturday, March 23, at the Vanderbilt Black and Gold Meet in Nashville, Tenn.