WPIAL, PIAA record-holder Jordan Geist sets NCAA freshman shot put mark

Sunday, January 28, 2018 | 3:48 AM

Former WPIAL phenom Jordan Geist, now a freshman at Arizona, broke the university’s shot put record Saturday and established a new NCAA mark for freshmen.

Geist set a personal-best in the 16-pound shot with a throw of 70 feet, 4 inches (21.45 meters) at the University of Washington Invitational, an indoor event he won by nearly six feet. The Knoch graduate’s distance was the best in the NCAA this season and second best in the world.

“Today was a fantastic day,” throws coach TJ Crater said in an athletics department statement. “Jordan has been on a mission for the past few weeks, and he accomplished his goal. He executed his throw very well, and brought the right level of emotion to the meet. I could not be prouder of him. Now, we go back to refocus on the big meets ahead.”

Former Penn State thrower Darrell Hill, a U.S. Olympian in the 2016 Summer Games, used Twitter to welcome Geist to the 70-foot club.

Geist graduated from Knoch as one of the greatest high school throwers in state history. He was both a six-time WPIAL champion and a six-time state champion. He won shot put and discus titles three years in a row and holds PIAA Class AAA championship meet records in both events.

Geist topped 70 feet in high school with a 12-pound shot. He set the PIAA championship record with a 74-foot, 3½-inch toss in 2016.

Chris Harlan is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at charlan@tribweb.com or via Twitter @CHarlan_Trib.

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