Smutz Takes Top Honors at Carthage
Friday, March 4, 2016
Smutz Takes Top Honors at Carthage

Valparaiso University senior thrower Jacob Smutz traveled to the Carthage Final Qualifier in Kenosha, Wis. on Friday, taking first place in the weight throw with the second-best effort of his career. The performance sets Smutz up for next week’s USATF Indoor National Track & Field Championships.

Smutz wasted little time in posting his event-winning mark, unleashing a toss of 66’2 ½” on his first effort Friday – enough to win the event by over 11 feet. The throw was the second-best mark of his career, trailing only Smutz’s toss of 67’2 ¾” at the Windy City Rumble earlier this season.

Smutz is currently slated to compete at next week’s USATF Indoor National Track & Field Championships in Portland, Oregon. The senior is ranked 14th among the 16-man field in the weight throw for the national championship meet. The weight throw will open the national championships on Friday, Mar. 11 at 1:30 p.m. CT.