WAVERLY, Iowa – Madison Haasz earned her third career All-American finish on Friday for the Heidelberg University track & field teams as a pair of Student Princes competed at the NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championships, hosted by Wartburg College. Haasz finished in 5th place in the shot put to earn All-American status while Wes Fritz competed in the high jump, tying for 13th place overall.
The appearance for Haasz in the outdoor shot put was the first in her career, although she placed 8th to earn an All-American finish in the indoor shot this past winter. On her first attempt on Friday, she threw 13.13 meters before setting a new personal and school record with a throw of 14.15 meters. She fouled on her third attempt, but still qualified for finals sitting in third place.
In the finals, Haasz was unable to get off a clean throw, fouling on all three of her attempts, but her 14.15 meter throw still held up for 5th place. Fellow OAC competitor Kim Gallavan of Baldwin Wallace won the event with a throw of 14.57 meters on her final attempt.
"Madison had a god day with an outdoor season PR," said head coach Joe Yoder. "I'm very proud and excited for her. She has done so much for our program and has earned everything she has received. I'm looking forward to send her off tomorrow in a big way in the hammer."
Haasz's throw of 14.15 meters will go into the record books at the Berg as the school record, breaking her previous best of 13.92 meters which she set earlier this spring. It is her third All-American honor in her career, as she has previously earned the honor in last year's hammer throw as well as the indoor shot put earlier this year.
In the men's high jump, Fritz opened up well, clearing 1.87, 1.94, and 1.97 meters all on his first attempt. At 2.01 meters, however, he was unable to clear the height, finishing the day in a tie for 13th place. Fritz was one of just two freshman that qualified for nationals this year in the high jump.
"Wes came in as the top-ranked freshman in the country, and that's always a positive heading into next year,' said Yoder. "He didn't hit the marks he was hoping for, but we are proud of him this season and excited for his future."
Haasz will compete in the hammer throw tomorrow, May 28th, with the event scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. ET.