White Top Freshman At NCAA Championships
2021 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships
Mar. 11-13 | Fayetteville, Ark. | Randal Tyson Center
Schedule of Huskies Competing
Friday, Mar. 12
9:00 am PT – Jonah Wilson, Shot Put Prelim/Final
12:00 pm PT – Sam Tanner, Mile Semifinal
1:05 pm PT – Andrew Jordan, 5000m Final
5:00 pm PT – Katie Rainsberger, Mile Semifinal
6:45 pm PT – Women's DMR Final
Saturday, Mar. 13
12:00 pm PT – Sam Tanner, Mile Final
4:00 pm PT – Katie Rainsberger, Mile Final
5:00 pm PT – Allie Schadler, 3000m Final
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – At just the fourth meet of his collegiate career, freshman Jayden White firmly established himself among the nation's best in the weight throw, placing 10th overall today as the NCAA Indoor Championships began at the Randal Tyson Center. In an event typically dominated by seniors, White was the top finishing freshman, earning Second Team All-America honors.
The Everett, Wash. native came in seeded 15th in the field but finished five spots higher. He showed some freshman nerves at the biggest meet of his young career, with fouls on his first two attempts. His third attempt went 69-feet, 6.75-inches to momentarily move him up to ninth-place, a spot he hoped to hang onto as that would earn another three throws. But one of the final competitors would pass White with their third throw, and he finished just three-fourths of an inch away from ninth and another three attempts.
Still, it caps off an amazing first indoor season, as White became the Husky school record-holder this year, breaking a mark that had stood since 1979. He also becomes UW's first men's weight throw All-American since Neil Kneip in 1986.
The weight throws and the multi-event competitions were the only events scheduled for Thursday's opening day at NCAA Indoors. Washington has six more entries over the next two days in Arkansas.
NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships
Mar. 11-14 | Fayetteville, Ark. | Randal Tyson Center
Day One of Three
Men's Weight Throw
10. Jayden White, 69-6 ¾ (Second Team All-American)