AUSTIN, Texas - McMurry University's Paul Davis continues to be the big guy from a small school competing among the "big boys" in the shot put. On Friday evening, competing in the featured Section A of the Texas Relays, Davis finished in third place in the shot with a school record heave of 63' 10 ¼".
Davis posted his record toss on his very first attempt of the day. He was the second collegiate finisher, placing behind Texas' Ryan Crouser (67' 0 ½") and unattached thrower Jacob Thornmaehlen (64' 7").
After fouling on his second throw, Davis went 19.46 meters - 61' 6 ½" - on his third attempt, advancing to the finals. Davis fouled on all three of his final tries.
Among those finishing behind Davis in the final standing were competitors from Texas Tech, Auburn, Kentucky, Tennessee and UCLA, to name a few.
Davis improved by better than four full inches on his own school record (63' 6"), set two weeks ago.
"I still like that Paul still has 3-4 feet in him still on any given day this year," said McM throws coach Jerry Johnson. "The goal is for him to work to be more consistent now."
Davis will join his War Hawk teammates on Saturday at the Trinity University Tiger Relays in San Antonio.
1 Crouser, Ryan SO Texas 20.43m 67-00.50
20.38m FOUL FOUL 20.43m FOUL FOUL
2 Thormaehlen, Jacob Unattached 19.68m 64-07.00
19.35m FOUL FOUL FOUL 19.68m 18.68m
3 Davis, Paul JR McMurry 19.46m 63-10.25
19.46m FOUL 19.06m FOUL FOUL FOUL
4 Weldon, Kole SO TX Tech 18.89m 61-11.75
18.61m 18.74m 18.89m 18.40m 18.60m 18.44m
5 Saenz, Stephen JR Auburn 18.79m 61-07.75
18.43m 18.69m 18.79m FOUL FOUL FOUL
6 Spence, Will SO Texas 18.72m 61-05.00
17.84m FOUL 18.10m FOUL 17.58m 18.72m
7 Szypka, Brad SO Kentucky 18.07m 59-03.50
17.69m FOUL 18.07m FOUL 17.74m FOUL
8 Hoty, Matthew SR Tennessee 17.75m 58-03.00
17.16m 17.24m FOUL FOUL 17.56m 17.75m
9 Scarvelis, Nicholas FR UCLA 17.67m 57-11.75
16.55m 17.67m 17.57m 17.02m FOUL 17.46m
10 Popenfoose, Marcus JR Auburn 17.35m 56-11.25
17.35m PASS FOUL FOUL 17.10m FOUL
11 Adams, Alex SR Northwood 17.04m 55-11.00
17.04m FOUL FOUL
12 Bailey, Tavis Tennessee 16.94m 55-07.00
16.94m FOUL FOUL
13 Kent, Isiah JR Kentucky 16.29m 53-05.50
16.29m FOUL FOUL
-- Baillio, Hayden SR Texas FOUL
FOUL FOUL FOUL
-- Smith, Ryan SR Liberty FOUL
FOUL FOUL FOUL
Information for this story provided by McMurry Sports Information.
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