Neelly Shatters 34-Year Old School Record at Triton Invitational

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Senior Brett Neelly shattered a 34-year old school record in the men’s shot put, throwing 20.13m/66-00.50, as the Kansas State men’s and women’s track and field teams concluded their competition at the Triton Invitational in San Diego, California and the K.T. Woodman Classic in Wichita, Kansas on Saturday.
 
“Seeing him (Brett Neelly) break 20 meters again was a big confidence boost for him,” Assistant Coach Nathan Ott said. “He had a bit of an injury derail him during indoor season, but he has put in a lot of hard work and we knew he was capable of it.”
 
Competing in the men’s shot put invitational at the Triton Invitational on Saturday, Neelly recorded a mark of 19.05m/62-06 on his second attempt, which was good enough to advance him to the nine-person event finals. After fouling on his next three throws, Neelly came up with the biggest throw in K-State outdoor history on his final attempt, throwing 20.13m/66-00.50.
 
“It feels great, to come out and break a bit of a funk that I have been in and break the school record in a big way it means a lot,” Neelly said. “I probably won’t have a voice tomorrow from yelling, but it was great, I was able to celebrate with Coach (Ott) and the team, so it’s all I could ask for.”
 

 
The throw placed Neelly third overall in the competition, placing as the second collegian in the event, while breaking the 34-year old school record set by Andrew Gillam in 1985 (19.69m/64-07.50). Neelly is the only Wildcat to ever break 20 meters in the event, which he has now done both indoors and outdoors. Neelly’s throw also stacks up amongst the best in the NCAA this season, ranking sixth in the country.
 

 
In the women’s shot put competition, junior Gabby Tozer also stamped her name into K-State history, throwing a career-best throw of 16.02m/52-06.75 on her first attempt, which advanced her to the event finals. Along with teammate Taylor Latimer, Tozer would go on to place eighth overall in the competition and Latimer placing ninth with a throw of 15.52m/50-11, with Tozer’s mark of 16.02m/52-06.75 ranking sixth-best in K-State outdoor history.
 
“She has been practicing hard and has had some good marks in practice recently, so it was good to see her throw well today,” Ott said. “Hopefully we can continue to work hard and get some high up on the podium at Big 12’s.”
 
In the men’s hammer throw and open shot put competition, junior Cameron Lewis added a pair of K-State personal bests, including a seventh-place finish in the shot put, throwing 16.06m/52-08.25. Lewis, a transfer from Mesa Community College, also led the Wildcats in the men’s hammer throw open division, where he threw a new personal best 48.74m/159-11.
 
Next up, K-State will travel to Waco, Texas to compete at the Michael Johnson Invitational on April 19-20. The stop in Waco marks the ninth meet of the outdoor season for the Wildcats, as they prepare for the Big 12 Outdoor Championships on May 10-12 in Norman, Oklahoma. K-State will host its sole home meet of the outdoor season, the Ward Haylett Invitational, on May 3-4 in Manhattan, Kansas.
 
Triton Invitational (Day Two)
Triton Track and Field Stadium
San Diego, Calif.
 
Men’s Hammer Throw Open
23. Cameron Lewis, 48.74m/159-11 (P.R.)
26. Colin Echols, 46.89m/153-10
 
Men’s Shot Put Open
7. Cameron Lewis, 16.06m/52-08.25 (P.R.)
 
Men’s Discus Invitational
17. Brett Neelly, 54.41m/178-06
 
Women’s Shot Put Open
8. Gabby Tozer, 16.02m/52-06.75 (P.R.)
9. Taylor Latimer, 15.52m/50-11
 
Men’s Discus Open
. Colin Echols, NM
 
Men’s Shot Put Invitational
3. Brett Neelly, 20.13m/66-00.50 (School Record) (P.R.)
 
 
K.T. Woodman Classic (Day Two)
Cessna Stadium
Wichita, Kan.
 
Men’s Hammer Throw
–. Keenan Hildebrandt, NM
 
Men’s 100 Meters Prelims
12. Parker McCafferty, 10.99 (2.8)
 
Men’s 200 Meters Prelims
13. Parker McCafferty, 22.64 (2.5)
 
 
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