Stockbarger Breaks NCAA East Region Discus Record
GAINESVILLE - Junior All-American Wes Stockbarger won the discus competition on with a mark of 61.39m/201-5, breaking the meet record on the opening day of competition at the NCAA East Regional Championships Friday at James G. Pressly Stadium at Percy Beard Track.
It was the 18th East Regional title earned by a Gator, but the first in the discus. The record was previously held by North Carolina’s Vikas Gowda who threw 61.29m/201-1 in 2006. Stockbarger won the event by 11 inches and reset his own school record by more than a foot. He will compete at the NCAA championships with a chance to become just the third athlete in school history to earn multiple All-America honors in the discus.
“I felt really good out there today,” Stockbarger said. “I think I could have thrown a bit further, but I got a PR and the regional record and that’s not too bad. My consistency has been really good lately and it came through today. I think it’s the biggest win of my career. I really wanted to get the East Region title and record, so that feels great.”