Eugene, Ore. - UCSB senior Matthew Kuskey earned second team All-American honors in the men's javelin Wednesday afternoon after placing 15th at the NCAA Championships. Kuskey delivered the second best throw of his career in the third round of throwing, spearing a mark of 223'11 (68.25m), moving up nine places from his seed mark of 24.
"I don't think I've ever been so confident going into a throw.' Kuskey remarked about his final attempt.
He needed that confidence as his first two throws of the competition were fouls, both by virtue of stepping over the foul line. With the stands filling for the evening events at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field, Kuskey produced a career defining moment on his final atempt
"I was just going for it." said Kuskey.
"On the last one I moved back a few steps, not feet, and went as hard as I could."
It was a fitting end for one of the most decorated UCSB javelin throwers in the modern era. He ends his career as a four-time Big West scorer, a three-time conference medalist, the current Big West Champion and the second best all-time at UCSB in the event with the new implement.
Despite rainy and tricky wind conditions, the men's javelin eneded up being a hot competition. Ioannis Kyriazis from Texas A&M won the event with a new NCAA record throw of 270'11.
Kuskey put together a stellar finish to his senior campaign. Despite finishing the NCAA regular season ranked 56th in the country in the javelin he placed 12th at the NCAA West Regional to advance to the NCAA Championship Final only to continue to climb the rankings even more at the championship.
"It's been really neat for me to see Matt grow over these past four seasons. For a former walk-on guy, a local guy from Santa Ynez High School to end his career as an All-American, I don't think it gets any better than that." said UCSB Coach Cody Fleming.