Arkansas-Pine Bluff's Terron Armstead was not feeling too comfortable during the warm-ups for the shot put competition in the NCAA Track and Field West Regional meet in Austin, Texas.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s Terron Armstead was not feeling too comfortable during the warm-ups for the shot put competition in the NCAA Track and Field West Regional meet in Austin, Texas.
As his competitors threw 60 to 65 feet during the warm-ups, Armstead was putting throws of 54 to 55 feet together. But Armstead belonged with this group. He came into the meet with the 12th best throw in the region, so all he needed was one good throw.
Armstead was not a part of the top 16 going into his third throw, but he popped one for a distance of 61 feet, 5.5 inches, or 17.78 meters.
That was good for eighth place going into the final round, and while he did not have a better distance in his three throws in the finals, it held up for 10th place. The top 12 places qualified for the NCAA finals in Des Moines, Iowa, in two weeks.
“I wasn’t doing well in warm-up and I started slow,” Armstead said. “I just visualized myself throwing and what I had to correct on that last throw, and I put it all together.”
Armstead’s throw is a season-best for the junior. He has qualified for the regional in all three of his years at UAPB, but this is the first time he qualified for the national meet.
“I am going to try and place and give it everything I got,” said Armstead of his expectations for nationals. “I surprised myself and I don’t know what I am capable of yet.”
Armstead fouled in two of his three final attempts, but he said having a four-place cushion helped him in the finals.
“I felt pretty confident that I could stay in the top 12,” he said. “Two guys did pass me, but I pretty much knew I could get to the next round.”