UNH weight man Shanahan an All-American
June 07. 2018 6:45PM
UNH senior Mike Shanahan, of Dover, picked up the second All-America honor of his collegiate career late Wednesday with his 13th-place finish in the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.
Shanahan threw the hammer 69.16 meters (226 feet, 11 inches) on his third and final throw and was sixth in his flight. He missed his personal best by six inches.
Shanahan finished seventh in the weight throw at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships at Texas A&M in March to earn first-team All American honors.
“It was a great day,” said UNH coach Jim Boulanger. “I’m so happy with the way Mike competed. He was sound. He was good technically. He didn’t try to overthrow. He didn’t let the competition or the myth and the legend of the venue get to him.”
“He looked good on each of his throws and each was better than the previous one,” Boulanger said.
Shanahan took to heart some advice he heard again about a month ago.
“I tried to go in relaxed,” he said. “All the work’s been done. There’s no more training. Just throwing. I’ve heard it before and for whatever reason it resonated better this time. Improving each round, that’s the best you can ask for.”
“I’m proud of myself that I came in and had the third-best competitive throw of my life,” Shanahan said. “To do it on the big stage feels good, especially after a month of some technical struggles and working too much.”
The top nine throwers out of 24 competing in two flights earned three more throws in the finals. Often, Boulanger said, Shanahan’s best throw would have been enough to advance to the finals.
“It was crazy how far they were throwing,” he said. “Usually you get in with a 68. The quality and technique of the kids was as good as I’ve seen.”
Shanahan is also entered in the USATF Outdoor Championships at Drake University from June 21-24.