June 13, 2009
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Washington State University discus thrower Matt Lamb took fifth place and gathered his third All-America certificate in as many tries Saturday morning at the 2009 NCAA Div. I Track & Field Championships at John McDonnell Field on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville.
Lamb, a redshirt junior from Emmett, Idaho, threw the discus 190-feet, 4 inches (58.01m) for his fifth-place finish. Lamb opened the competition with a throw of 186-5 and followed with a throw of 189-2 before fouling his third attempt. He was fifth going into the final three throws but Jason Lewis from Arizona State passed his with a throw of 189-8. Lamb stepped into the ring and let loose his best effort of the day, throwing a distance of 190-4. His final two attempts were not as farther so he fouled them by stepping out of the ring before the official distances were measured. Lamb had a season-best toss of 192-11 (58.81m), sixth in the Thursday qualifying round. Cal's Martin Maric won the discus title with a final throw of 196-3, overtaking Arizona State's Ryan Whiting by one inch.
Lamb's lifetime-best throw came last summer, a distance of 204-7 (62.36m) thrown at the Olympic Trials prelims in Eugene. His earlier NCAA discus finishes include sixth place in 2007 and third place in 2006. He redshirted the 2008 season after suffering back spasms at the 2007 national meet.
"All things considered, this was a pretty good way to end a mediocre season so I'll take it," Lamb said. "I'm about 30 to 35 pounds heavier than I was a year ago so I don't feel like I'm in the same throwing shape. I'm a lot stronger but I'm having a hard time transferring it into the discus. If I don't go to the USA nationals I'm going to relax and stay out of the weight room and get away from throwing for a little bit and focus on next season. I still have one more year and if I don't end up on the top of the podium I will be disappointed."
"I'm happy with his finish today because with the year he's had, this shows that he recovered so much," Cougar Associate Coach Debra Farwell said. "He is starting to get his form back and he threw over 190-feet both days. To finish fifth at the national championship is a huge boost of confidence for him."
Lamb added four points to the WSU men's team total of 10 points from Jeshua Anderson winning the 400m hurdles Friday night. Washington State's 14 points was tied for 17th place in the men's standings and the WSU women had 3 points from Marissa Tschida's sixth-place finish in the javelin and that total was tied for 58th in the team standings. The Texas A&M men and women won the team titles.
Several Cougars will be competing at the USA Track & Field 2009 Outdoor Championships June 25-28, in Eugene, looking for a berth into the 12th IAAF World Championships, Aug. 15-23, in Berlin.