By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
NEW ORLEANS – Following the completion of the track & field regular season, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its list of 2019 Outdoor Track & Field All-Region selections with Capital University Men's Track & Field thrower Josh Miller making the cut in the shot put.
To be named all-region by the USTFCCCA, one must finish in the top-five in their region in their event. Miller, who qualified for the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the shot put, placed second in the Great Lakes Region and 13th nationally.
The sophomore's best mark of the season came at the DIII All-Ohio Outdoor Championships on April 13 and traveled 16.38 meters (53-09). The mark is the best of Miller's career and the fourth-best outdoor shot put performance in Capital history in the event.
In eight outdoor meets, Miller who the shot put five times and never finished lower than fifth. One of those five wins came at the Ohio Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships where the Botkins, Ohio native achieved a distance of 16.07 meters (52-09 ¾). Miller posted a final result that eclipsed the 16-meter mark five times during this outdoor season after accomplishing that feat once before in his career. The first time Miller beat 16 meters was on Feb. 2 at the 2019 Joe Banks Invitational with a 16.09-meter (52-09 ½) heave that qualified Miller for the 2019 NCAA Indoor Championships. Miller placed 14th overall at the national indoor meet.
This year's outdoor championships will be held at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio and will be hosted by the University of Mount Union and Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. The championships will be contested over three days, Thursday-Saturday, May 23-25 with the shot put scheduled to take place on Friday, May 24 at 11:30 a.m.
Miller is just the third member of Capital Men's Track & Field to qualify for the shot put at the outdoor championships, joining Jason Coon and Rick Meindl. Both Coon and Meindl are two-time All-Americans. Miller will be able to add that title to his own list of accomplishments if he is one of the top eight finishers out of the 20-man field on Friday.