COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Long Beach State senior thrower James Hubbard got the opportunity of a lifetime as he earned a spot at the Division I NCAA Indoor Championships where he qualified in the men’s weight throw.
Hubbard made the most of his time in College Station, Texas preparing for the biggest indoor meet of the season, and on Saturday afternoon put it all on the line. Going up against the nation’s top athletes, Hubbard tallied a heave of 20.11m (65-11.75) in the men’s weight throw for a 15th place finish.
The Auburn, Calif., native’s mark was two meters shy of the mark that earned him the qualifying spot week’s earlier, which also became a new Long Beach State indoor record.
The experience was a first for Hubbard who soaked in his first-ever appearance at Nationals.
With the indoor season officially at an end, Hubbard will turn his focus to the outdoor season where his goal is the same as it was in the indoor season.
“I want to make it to outdoor nationals,” Hubbard said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better opener for the outdoor season. Indoor nationals and competing against the top elite athletes in the country will prepare me well for the outdoor season.
“One of my goals for the outdoor season is to break the hammer throw record and help our team clinch our fifth conference championship. It’s my senior year. I want it to be a big year, in general.”
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