Stein Places 7th in NCAA Championships Debut

EUGENE, Ore. – University of Iowa track and field opened the men’s portion of the 2024 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Wednesday at Hayward Field.

Sophomore Mike Stein made his NCAA Championships debut and took home first-team All-America honors with a seventh-place finish in the javelin. Out of six attempts, Stein’s best mark came on his third throw at 72.81 meters (238’ 10”). The Milford, Iowa, native concludes his breakthrough season as an All-American and Big Ten champion.

Junior Rivaldo Marshall earned second-team All-America honors, finishing 14th in 1:48.36 in the semifinals of the 800 meters. The native of Kingston, Jamaica, finishes his first season as a Hawkeye as the school-record holder in the indoor and outdoor 800 meters, anchor of the Big Ten champion 4×400 relay team and indoor 800-meter NCAA champion.

Senior Austin West is in third place at the halfway point of the decathlon. A two-time first-team All-American in the event, West finished within the top five in four events. His day was highlighted by a personal best in the shot put, while also matching his lifetime best in the high jump. West began with a fifth-place time of 10.68 in the 100 meters. After a 7.29-meter mark in the long jump, the veteran from Iowa City clinched a personal record of 14.56 meters in the shot put.

West climbed into third in the overall standings after battling through the high jump and matching his career best of 1.98 meters to take fourth. He concluded his night with a fifth-place 48.02 in the 400 meters. The decathlon resumes on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. (CT) with the 110-meter hurdles.

“Mike competed extremely well today to finish seventh place in his first NCAA finals. He has made immense progress since missing this meet last year. Now he is a Big Ten champion and first-team All-American. He is excited to get back to work and see what he can do at the Olympic Trials in the next couple of weeks. Rivaldo’s race didn’t work out as planned, but he had a tremendous first collegiate season as a Hawkeye. He still has an opportunity to make the Jamaican Olympic team in the 800, which will be our focus over the next few weeks as he prepares for the Olympic Trials. Austin had a very good day one in the decathlon. He was very consistent all day and had a terrific high jump to match his PR. Although he didn’t have the best 400-meter race, he is in great position going into day two.”

Men’s 800 Meters Semifinals
14. Rivaldo Marshall – 1:48.36

Men’s Javelin
7. Mike Stein – 72.81 meters (238’ 10”)

Men’s Decathlon
3. Austin West – 4,272 points
– 5. 100 Meters – 10.68
– 4. Long Jump – 7.29 meters (23’ 11”)
– 7. Shot Put – 14.56 meters (47’ 9.25”), PR
– 4. High Jump – 1.98 meters (6’ 6”), =PR
– 5. 400 Meters – 48.02

UP NEXT: Austin West concludes the final five events of the decathlon, beginning at 1:30 p.m. with the 110-meter hurdles. Paige Magee competes in the semifinals of the women’s 100-meter hurdles on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. (CT). Competition will be streamed on ESPN+.