SACRAMENTO - Former Robert Morris University track and field standout Chris Carper finished 11th in the javelin at the 2014 USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships Sunday at Hornet Stadium in Sacramento, Calif., on the campus of Sacramento State University.
Competing unattached after receiving an at-large invitation, Carper finished third in his flight with a distance of 70.48 meters (231 feet, 3 inches).
One of three college student-athletes competing at the USATF Outdoor Championships, Carper finished one spot behind Michael Shuey of Penn State, who finished 10th with a toss of 71.01 meters (232 feet, 11 inches), and two spots ahead of Tom Carr of Rutgers, who claimed 13th with a throw of 66.88 meters (219 feet, 5 inches).
Thanks to his performance, Carper qualified for the prestigious NACAC Under-23 Championships as a member of Team USA.
The international meet, which features 24 competing teams from the nations of North America, Central America and the Caribbean, will take place Aug. 8-10, in Kamloops, British Columbia.
Prior to his participation in the NACAC Under-23 Championships, Carper has been invited to a throws symposium at the Team USA Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.
He will spend close to a week training as part of the symposium.
During his career at Robert Morris, Carper was a four-time All-Northeast Conference selection in the javelin, winning the individual title in the event at the NEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships in both 2013 and 2014.
The program's first student-athlete to be named to the NCAA All-America First Team, Carper owns each of the top 11 marks in school history in the javelin, including 73.09 meters (239 feet, 9 inches), which is a school record and helped him claim the individual championship at the 2014 NCAA East Preliminary Round at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla.
Koeck helps Villanova
Kolby Koeck, an Altoona graduate, finished his freshman season for the Villanova track and field team by finishing in second place at the Big East pole vault competition.
The finish helped Villanova capture the Big East championship.
Koeck also placed third at the Colonial Relays held at William & Mary College in April.