Kent State Junior and former McDonald Blue Devil Matthias Tayala won the NCAA Division I National Championship in the Hammer Throw tonight at the National Championships at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon.
Tayala as in third place place heading into his final throw. He claimed the crown with a throw of 73.57m (241′ 4″). Tayala’s new personal-best broke his own school record, which was previously 236′ 7″. On the night, Tayala’s throws were: round one: 230′ 8″, round two: foul, round three: 224′ 10″, round four: foul, round five: 231′ 2″, final round: 241′ 4″.
“After that throw, I knew I took the lead, and there were two other guys who could have regained the lead. So I was pretty nervous as they were throwing,” Tayala told WKBN. “They took their throws. They didn’t end of passing me, and there was just so much emotion that came out. And, a lot of yelling. A lot of hugging. It’s great. I can’t wait to get home and see my family and talk to everyone again. Until then, I’m just gonna enjoy this moment.”
With the hammer throw title, the 2014 Great Lakes Region Field Athlete of the Year, is a First Team All-American Selection.
During his high school career at McDonald, Tayala was a state champion in both the shotput and discus. He was previously a Junior World Championship qualifier for the United States in the hammer throw.