Kansas State track and field had two of its athletes, senior Brett Neelly and sophomore Tejaswin Shankar, earn podium spots on Day 3 of the NCAA Outdoor Championships on Friday.
Shankar won the NCAA men’s high jump final last season, and looked to defend it Friday. Shankar didn’t have his best start, missing the first two attempts. But he recovered by clearing the 2.24m and 2.27m marks and setting a season best by advancing to the 2.30m bar.
From there, it came down to Shankar and JuVaughn Harrison of LSU. Neither Harrison nor Shankar could clear the 2.30m bar, which relegated Shankar to runner-up honors because of the misses on his first attempts. His second-place finish earned Shankar the second NCAA Outdoor first-team All-America recognition of his college career.
Neelly competed in discus for the first time at the NCAAs. He fouled on his first two attempts in the first flight, but recovered with a personal-best throw of 18m. It doubled as the best throw Flight 1. The throw helped Neelly advance to the final with the chance for three more throws.
Neelly set another personal record in the discus with a throw 58.23m, which was the third best toss in K-State history. This throw ended up earning Neelly eighth place overall. For the second time in his career, Neelly earned first-team All-America, and first time with that honor in the discus. Neelly completed his K-State career with school records in both indoor and outdoor shot put in addition to his top-three throw in discus Friday.
“Coming in, I really didn’t have any expectations. I came here to throw and that’s what I did,” Neelly said in a release.. “It feels really good. To be able to finish with first team (All-America), it just feels good.”