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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 27, 2015 07:08 GMT

AM Prep-Scores and Skeds

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Wednesday's Scores

Houston 6, N.Y. Yankees 2

Seattle 8, Oakland 2

Detroit 5, L.A. Angels 0

Cleveland 6, Milwaukee 2

Minnesota 5, Tampa Bay 3

Toronto 12, Texas 4

Baltimore 8, Kansas City 5

Boston 3, Chicago White Sox 0

Thursday's Schedule

L.A. Angels (Shoemaker 5-9) at Detroit (Wolf 0-1), 1:08 p.m.

Toronto (Estrada 11-7) at Texas (Gallardo 10-9), 2:05 p.m.

Baltimore (Tillman 9-8) at Kansas City (Ventura 8-7), 2:10 p.m.

Minnesota (Milone 6-3) at Tampa Bay (Smyly 1-2), 7:10 p.m.

Seattle (Elias 4-6) at Chicago White Sox (Rodon 5-5), 8:10 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Wednesday's Scores

N.Y. Mets 9, Philadelphia 4

San Diego 6, Washington 5

Colorado 6, Atlanta 3

L.A. Dodgers 7, Cincinnati 4

Cleveland 6, Milwaukee 2

Pittsburgh 7, Miami 2

St. Louis 3, Arizona 1

San Francisco 4, Chicago Cubs 2

Thursday's Schedule

L.A. Dodgers (Greinke 13-3) at Cincinnati (DeSclafani 7-9), 12:35 p.m.

Chicago Cubs (Haren 8-8) at San Francisco (Bumgarner 15-6), 3:45 p.m.

N.Y. Mets (Niese 8-9) at Philadelphia (Harang 5-14), 7:05 p.m.

San Diego (Cashner 5-12) at Washington (J.Ross 4-5), 7:05 p.m.

Pittsburgh (G.Cole 14-7) at Miami (Nicolino 2-1), 7:10 p.m.

St. Louis (C.Martinez 12-6) at Arizona (R.De La Rosa 11-5), 9:40 p.m.

WNBA

Wednesday's Score

Los Angeles 81, Indiana 79

Thursday's Schedule

Phoenix at Connecticut, 7 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Wednesday's Scores

Chicago 3, New York 2

Colorado 2, Houston 1

Thursday's Schedule

No games scheduled

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