CANTON, N.Y. – The Heidelberg University track & field team wrapped up the year in grand fashion. Hammer throwers Gage Falcone and Madison Haasz walked away with All-American finishes at the 2015 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, hosted by St. Lawrence University. Falcone, a senior, placed seventh on the men's and Hassz, a junior, came in sixth on the women's side.
On the final attempt of his collegiate career, Falcone's throw measured 192-4. It pushed him from ninth place into seventh, and on to the podium. Falcone's All-American finish makes him the second male thrower in school history to earn the honor, joining Josh Bowmar (javelin, 2011).
"Gage is a great athlete and an even better person," said HU head coach Joe Yoder. "He has worked very hard to perfect his craft this year, while at the same time helping the rest of the team every day in practice. He is a huge part of this year and he will be missed next year."
Falcone narrowly avoided elimination after the first two flights. He finished ninth after three throws, with a qualifying throw that was a little more than four feet better than the next best thrower.
Haasz earned a spot in the finals with a preliminary throw of 175-10. Her mark was fifth in the first flight and sixth overall.
In the final round, Haasz could not better her mark and held on to sixth. Haasz is the first female thrower to earn All-American status, and just the sixth overall in program history.
"Madison is one of the most driven girls on our team," said Yoder. "She made the decision this season to fully commit to her sport. She spends countless hours in the weight room and in the ring ... now she gets to enjoy the fruits of her labor."
Falcone and Haasz both qualified for the Indoor National Championships in the weight throw, but neither advanced to the final round.
This marks the second time in school history that a female and male student-athlete found their way to the podium in the same event. Long jumpers Marian Bevington and Julius Higginbotham accomplished the feat in 2010.