ALLENDALE, Mich. -- Humboldt State senior Matthew Horsfall (Marysville, Calif./Marysville HS) earned All-American honors Saturday as he secured a third place finish in the men’s javelin finals at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships held on the campus of Grand Valley State University.
It took five attempts, but Horsfall’s 66.02-meter (216’ 7”) throw put him in exclusive company and notched a new career best for the Marysville, Calif., native. His performance ranks second in program history behind fellow All-American and former Lumberjack Nicholas Bawden who notched the top mark of 219’ 9” in 2008.
Horsfall finished sixth in the first round Saturday morning and ranked 13th nationally entering the competition. The top nine advanced to the final and the talented thrower knew his work wasn’t complete.
“I felt strong and came out aggressive (in the first round),” said Horsfall. “I got a good enough mark to push me into the finals, which was my goal. Once I made it into the finals I figured I am here now and I should just let loose and give it everything I’ve got and see what happens.”
Horsfall’s top throw in the final tied him with Western Washington’s Slater Hirst, but his tiebreaking throw sailed five centimeters further than Hirst’s to give him the third place spot on the podium.
“It was a good feeling being up there with good company and good competitors knowing that I showed up on the big stage,” said Horsfall. “It was good knowing that I came out and did my best.”
Head Coach Scott Pesch attributes Horsfall’s finish to great effort and coaching.
“The success has come from his coach, BJ Willkomm and Matt's hard work,” said Pesch. “Matt Horsfall is one of the most competitive athletes that I've ever seen.”
“This has been a great season with a fantastic finish,” said Pesch. “Our program hopes to build on this and bring more athletes to Nationals next season. I am very proud of all of our staff.”