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Crouser's Comeback: Texas Sophomore Wins NCAA Title

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 09:47 PM CDT

Texas sophomore Ryan Crouser isn't just special. He's a special treat.

"He's like the cherry on top of dessert," said Texas head men's track & field coach Bubba Thornton.

He's also on top of the nation. Crouser entered Wednesday's NCAA championship with the longest shot put throw in America this year.

"Not only does he expect the very best but I think his teammates, not just within the team but within the throws group see his passion and he kind of raises everybody's expectations a little bit," said Texas associate head men's track & field coach Mario Sategna.

Crouser earned All-America honors in both the shot and the discus last year as a freshman. But getting back to nationals in 2013 looked like a long shot.

"I had a really weird tonsil infection then I had to get my tonsils out," explained Crouser. "Then I went to the doctor and I had strep throat where my tonsils had been. I mean, I couldn't do a push-up. I had to almost rebuild from scratch."

His illness caused him to lose 50 pounds and almost an entire season. He threw the shot competitively just twice in 11 months. But despite the layoff, Crouser dominated the conference meet in May. This heave of 69' 2 1/2" not only broke UT's all-time mark, it set a new Big 12 meet record.

"When I go out there to compete, I know I've been through more than almost all of the other guys," said Crouser. "I feel like I have a mental advantage."

Wednesday, he proved no one can match him physically either. Just 120 miles from his hometown of Boring, Oregon.

"It's not quite as bad as the name might seem," justified Crouser."

His performance was anything but boring. In front of family and friends, Crouser capped off his remarkable comeback with an NCAA championship winning toss of 66' 7 3/4".

"[When you] do better than people expect or even than you expect, it makes it all the more sweet," said Crouser.

All the more sweet. Like a cherry on top of dessert.

by Adam Winkler

Crouser's Comeback: Texas Sophomore Wins NCAA Title


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Scores & Schedules

July 30, 2015 07:09 GMT

AM Prep-Scores and Skeds

INTERLEAGUE

Pittsburgh 10 Minnesota 4

Arizona 8 Seattle 2

Baltimore 2 Atlanta 0

Toronto 8 Philadelphia 2

L.A. Dodgers 10 Oakland 7

AMERICAN LEAGUE(equals)

Wednesday's Games(equals)

Detroit 2, Tampa Bay 1

Cleveland 12, Kansas City 1

Chicago White Sox 9, Boston 2

Texas 5, N.Y. Yankees 2

Houston 6, L.A. Angels 3

Thursday's Games(equals)

Detroit (Simon 9-6) at Baltimore (Mi.Gonzalez 9-6), 7:05 p.m.

Kansas City (D.Duffy 4-4) at Toronto (Estrada 7-6), 7:07 p.m.

Chicago White Sox (Sale 9-5) at Boston (S.Wright 3-4), 7:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (Pineda 9-7) at Texas (Gallardo 7-9), 8:05 p.m.

L.A. Angels (Shoemaker 5-7) at Houston (Kazmir 6-5), 8:10 p.m.

Seattle (Happ 4-5) at Minnesota (P.Hughes 9-6), 8:10 p.m.

Cleveland (Carrasco 10-8) at Oakland (Bassitt 0-3), 10:05 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE(equals)

Wednesday's Games(equals)

Chicago Cubs 3, Colorado 2

San Francisco 5, Milwaukee 0

San Diego 7, N.Y. Mets 3

Washington 7, Miami 2

Cincinnati 1, St. Louis 0

Thursday's Games(equals)

San Diego (Cashner 4-10) at N.Y. Mets (Niese 5-9), 12:10 p.m.

Washington (Scherzer 10-8) at Miami (Haren 7-6), 12:10 p.m.

Atlanta (S.Miller 5-7) at Philadelphia (Harang 4-11), 7:05 p.m.

Pittsburgh (Burnett 8-4) at Cincinnati (Holmberg 0-0), 7:10 p.m.

Colorado (Rusin 3-4) at St. Louis (C.Martinez 11-4), 7:15 p.m.

Chicago Cubs (Arrieta 11-6) at Milwaukee (Nelson 8-9), 8:10 p.m.

WNBA

Wednesday's Games(equals)

Washington 87, Seattle 74

Indiana 84, New York 72

San Antonio 102, Atlanta 85

Minnesota 82, Los Angeles 76

Thursday's Games(equals)

Phoenix at Tulsa, 8 p.m.

MLS

Wednesday's Games(equals)

MLS All-Stars 2, Tottenham Hotspur 1

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