CLOVIS, Calif. – Gardner-Webb University rising sophomore Marcus Abraham will compete in the shot put at the 2016 USA Track & Field (USATF) Junior Outdoor Championships beginning Friday, June 24.
Abraham (Charlotte, N.C. / Victory Christian) is one of 19 qualifiers in the shot put (6 kg), entering competition with a qualifying distance of 62'0.50" (18.91 meters).
The 6-foot-1 standout became the first Gardner-Webb freshman to win the Big South Conference shot put title, doing so in Lynchburg, Va., on May 12. His distance of 16.59m (7.26 kg) at the time set a new personal record by 40 centimeters.
Under the watchful eye of Gardner-Webb throws coach Rob Golabek, Abraham also finished 10th in the discus at the 2016 Big South Conference Outdoor Championships. He took second in the shot put at the 2016 Big South Conference Indoor Championships in February – earning second-team All-Big South Conference honors in the process.
Abraham will attempt to become the first GWU men's thrower since Alex Young to make the U.S. Junior National Team. Young went on to compete for the United States at the 2013 Junior Pan American Games in Medellin, Columbia.
The early success for Abraham came as no surprise. He was a four-time NCISSA State Champion in both the shot put and discus during his prep career at Victory Christian and broke the Mecklenburg County shot put record which had previously stood for 35 years.
Abraham was named Charlotte Observer Field Athlete of the Year three times and was the 2015 North Carolina Milesplit Field Athlete of the Year. He was a four-time USA Track & Field All-American on the prep level.