LA CROSSE, Wisc. – Salisbury University rounded out its weekend at the 2018 Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships as both Duncan Ferrin and Donovan Beckett-Simms competed in the hammer throw and triple jump, respectively.
Ferrin started off the day with a tremendous performance in the hammer throw capturing a third-place finish behind a throw of 197' 4". Ferrin, who was seeded fourth overall at the championships, improved one spot with his performance on Saturday afternoon. His throw earned him six points in the standings as he edged out fourth-place finisher Eric Fiacable, from Rose-Hullman Institute of Technology, who posted a throw of 195' 9".
"It's a surreal finish for to be honest," Ferrin said. "I had to fight through some complications early on in the circle but managed to put together a great afternoon. Overall, it was a great experience for me to compete at the national championships."
Eric Holst from university of St. Thomas-Minnesota won the event posting a throw of 211' 4".
Ferrin will complete his career in the maroon and gold as the school record holder in the hammer throw. Ferrin's throw of 199' 4", which he threw at the Eastern College Athletic Championships earlier this month, sits atop the Salisbury record books. During his senior season Ferrin broke the hammer throw record three times including an impressive performance at the Penn Relays in April, posting a throw of 191' 4".
"It's pretty crazy to compete for and go to a great school like Salisbury," Ferring said. "It has truly been an amazing ride for me as an athlete for the maroon and gold and it is a great feeling to cap my career here in Wisconsin as a representative for Salisbury in the national championships."
Ferrin also was named first team All-Capital Athletic Conference after claiming a victory in the hammer throw at the CAC championships in early May. He later would be named to the United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association All-Region team for his efforts.
"These four years have been a great experience for me and something I won't forget," Ferrin said. "It has been a crazy ride to get here and to finish my senior year and overall career at the national championships is just insane but I couldn't imagine anything better."
Beckett-Simms concluded the day earning a sixth-place finish in the triple jump posting a jump of of 48' 11.75". He finished just outside the top five as fifth-place finisher Jared Lewis from Stockton University, who finished with a jump of 49' 6.50".
Beckett-Simms completes his freshman year as the school record holder in the triple jump with a jump of 49' 11.75". He would break the school record twice this past season including his own at the ECAC championships. Beckett-Simms first broke the record at Towson University on April 14 when he posted a jump of 47' 5.75" that broke the mark of 46' 6.5", which had stood for 20 years.
"I am very proud of our three athletes that competed at the NCAA championships," Head Coach Jim Jones said. "It is always good to come home with All-Americans, which gives our program an even 60 now since my arrival."