Sophomore Bradley Sauer will compete in the weight throw this Saturday at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
March 4, 2013
By Tyler Wooten
INDIANAPOLIS -- Sophomore Bradley Sauer, ranked 12th nationally in the weight throw, has officially qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships this weekend (March 8-9) in Fayetteville, Ark., the NCAA announced Monday.
In a change from years past, only the top-16 athletes in each event qualified for nationals. The system of automatic qualifying marks has been discontinued for the indoor season.
Sauer, a native of nearby Murphysboro, Ill., will be Southern's lone representative at the national meet. His qualifying throw of 21.17m (69-05.50) came at the EIU Friday Night Special on Feb. 15, where Sauer took one of his five weight throw titles in 2013. From 2012 to 2013, Sauer improved his personal best in the weight throw by over four feet. His last performance came at the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championships, where he took All-MVC in the weight throw with a second-place finish. Fellow Valley competitors Brandon Pounds of Indiana State and MVC weight throw champion Issac Twombly of Drake also qualified in the weight throw.
The last Saluki male to qualify for the weight throw was NCAA Runner-Up and All-American J.C. Lambert in 2012, who lost out on the national title by less than three inches.
The men's weight throw is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 9.