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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

August 03, 2015 07:07 GMT

AM Prep-Scores and Skeds

INTERLEAGUE

Houston 4 Arizona 1

Texas 2 San Francisco 1

L.A. Dodgers 5 L.A. Angels 3, 10 Innings

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Sunday's Games

Toronto 5, Kansas City 2

Detroit 6, Baltimore 1

Tampa Bay 4, Boston 3

Houston 4, Arizona 1

N.Y. Yankees 12, Chicago White Sox 3

Seattle 4, Minnesota 1, 11 innings

Texas 2, San Francisco 1

Oakland 2, Cleveland 1, 10 innings

L.A. Dodgers 5, L.A. Angels 3, 10 innings

Monday's Games

Minnesota (E.Santana 2-1) at Toronto (Price 9-4), 1:07 p.m.

Houston (McCullers 5-3) at Texas (Lewis 11-4), 8:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay (Karns 6-5) at Chicago White Sox (Quintana 6-9), 8:10 p.m.

Seattle (F.Hernandez 12-6) at Colorado (E.Butler 3-7), 8:40 p.m.

Baltimore (T.Wilson 1-1) at Oakland (Chavez 5-10), 10:05 p.m.

Cleveland (Kluber 6-11) at L.A. Angels (Richards 10-8), 10:05 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Sunday's Games

Pittsburgh 3, Cincinnati 0

Miami 5, San Diego 2

Atlanta 6, Philadelphia 2

Houston 4, Arizona 1

Chicago Cubs 4, Milwaukee 3

St. Louis 3, Colorado 2

Texas 2, San Francisco 1

L.A. Dodgers 5, L.A. Angels 3, 10 innings

N.Y. Mets 5, Washington 2

Monday's Games

Arizona (Godley 2-0) at Washington (Fister 4-6), 7:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs (Lester 6-8) at Pittsburgh (Liriano 7-6), 7:05 p.m.

N.Y. Mets (B.Colon 9-10) at Miami (Koehler 8-7), 7:10 p.m.

San Francisco (M.Cain 2-2) at Atlanta (Foltynewicz 3-3), 7:10 p.m.

San Diego (T.Ross 7-8) at Milwaukee (W.Peralta 2-5), 8:10 p.m.

Seattle (F.Hernandez 12-6) at Colorado (E.Butler 3-7), 8:40 p.m.

WNBA

Sunday's Games(equals)

Phoenix 71, Atlanta 68

New York 78, Seattle 62

Los Angeles 80, San Antonio 78

Chicago 71, Washington 68

Indiana 83, Connecticut 70

Monday's Games(equals)

No games scheduled(equals)

MLS

Sunday's Games(equals)

San Jose 0, Portland 0, tie

Chicago 2, FC Dallas 0

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