NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After shattering the Belmont record in the weight throw over the weekend, senior Joe Frye (Roscommon, Mich.) later found out his mark was good enough to qualify him for the 2011 USA Indoor National Championships. He becomes the first male Belmont track and field athlete to qualify for the elite event.
At the MTSU Valentine Invitational, Frye took first place in the weight throw with a toss of 19.93m (65'4.75"), nearly nine feet more than the second-place toss. The Roscommon, Mich., native's mark shattered the Belmont record he set earlier during the 2010-11 indoor season and now stands as the best in the Atlantic Sun. The mark is the 30th best in the nation among all Division I throwers.
This weekend, Frye, who is 2010 indoor conference champion in the weight throw, will defend his title at the Atlantic Sun Indoor Championships in Johnson City, Tenn., before heading to Albuquerque, New Mexico to compete at the Indoor National Championships the following weekend.
Frye is one of only two collegiate athletes to qualify in the weight throw. The other seven in the field are professional athletes from around the country.
More information about the USA Indoor National Championships can be found here: http://www.usatf.org/events/2011/USAIndoorTFChampionships/.