AUSTIN, Texas – Competing against some of the top throwers in the region and the country, Belmont University's Corey Claiborne once again broke his own shot put record Friday at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays outdoor track and field meet.
Fresh off re-setting the record a week ago, Claiborne (Alpharetta, Ga.) added nearly a full foot of distance with his throw of 16.71 meters (54-10) at the prestigious meet hosted by University of Texas. That mark was good enough for second place, a half inch ahead of the shot put bronze medalist and 0.25 meters behind the overall leader.
The junior Claiborne made his way into the event finals in fifth place with a throw of 15.78 meters before breaking out for his big toss on his sixth and final throw.
"He had me on edge during the first two rounds," said Belmont Assistant Track Coach Joe Frye, who leads the throwers. "I was wondering how he would respond to the big meet, and going into the last throw I wasn't sure he would show up.
"I know he's in a great spot right now with his training, but it's difficult to really know if any athletes are a 'sure thing' when meet day comes around. That's what makes it so exciting."
Corey Claiborne breaks the Belmont shot put record AGAIN with a big toss of 54'10" (16.71m) in his final round at the Texas Relays, earning him 2nd place!!! #itsbruintime #shotput@GoBelmontBruins pic.twitter.com/WBCUQLuMk9— Belmont Runners (@BelmontXCTF) March 30, 2018
Claiborne threw 16.42 meters at Vanderbilt's Black & Gold Invitational just seven days ago to surpass what had been his own program best of 16.36, set during from the 2017 outdoor season. Claiborne also owns Belmont's indoor track and field record in the shot put, a mark of 17.12 meters he threw in December.
Claiborne also finisehd 15th in the hammer throw while competing at the nearby Bobcat Invitational at Texas State University.
Also competing at the Texas Relays on Friday was the Bruins 4x400-meter relay team. The foursome of sophomore Ryan Teague (Double Oak, Texas), seniors Caleb Corprew (Midwest City, Okla.) and Christian Crenshaw (Memphis, Tenn.) and junior Nate Nammour (Tampa, Fla.) posted a time of 3:17.02. Belmont took 28th in a field of 41 of the fastest relay teams in the country.
Several other Belmont athletes competed in North Carolina at the Raleigh Relays on Friday. The whole Bruins squad reunites for the Hilltopper Relays hosted by Western Kentucky next week.
2. Corey Claiborne, jr. — 16.71m (54-10)^
15. Corey Claiborne, jr. — 51.46m (168-8.25)