Release courtesy of Defiance College
NAPERVILLE, IL – With high hopes of becoming the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III national champion in the weight throw, Defiance senior thrower Tom Postema (Defiance, Ohio/Tinora) settled for third place in the competition on Friday, March 8. His best toss recorded a distance of 19.50 meters, earning All-America honors.
Coming into the event seeded No. 1 in the championships, Postema fell behind early and was ranked seventh going into the finals. But the Tinora High product was able to move up four spots by improving his distance in each toss during the final round (18.59 m, 18.91 m and 19.50 m). Postema’s third-place finish was the highest at the NCAA Championships since Trevor Matuszak took second in the weight throw in 2008.
Finishing ahead of the Defiance, Ohio, native at the championships were Wisconsin-Oshkosh senior Pete Delzer in first (20.66 m) and Bates senior David Pless in second (19.78 m).
For just the weight throw, Postema notched one of the best indoor seasons in NCAA Division III history. The senior set the DC and Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference record in the event with a 20.72 meter hurl at the HCAC Indoor Championships. It was the second-longest toss ever recorded in Division III.
The championships will continue tomorrow Saturday, March 8 at 10 a.m. Central Standard Time. Postema will be competing in the shot put event at 11 a.m. CST.