Dylan Burnett (Lynnwood, Wash.), a redshirt junior on the Seattle University track and field team, competed in the men’s javelin throw Saturday at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field West Preliminary Championships at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas.
Burnett’s best throw came on his first attempt, as he posted a mark of 64.23 meters (210’ 9”). That would become his official mark, as he fouled on his other two attempts during the opening flight. Burnett would finish fourth in the flight, behind Carson Fuller of Washington (69.48 meters), Tyler Parker of North Dakota State (65.53 meters), and David Johansson of Eastern Illinois (64.64 meters).
“Although today did not end with the marks we were hoping for, I’m proud of the fight Dylan showed through adverse weather conditions. He will take away a lot of knowledge from this meet and be set up to have a great senior season next year,” Chad Pharis, assistant track and field coach for the Redhawks, said.
After all 48 throwers made their first three attempts, Burnett found himself in 23rd place, outside the top 16 necessary to earn three more throws that eventually decided the 12 throwers who advance to the finals in June. Despite the result, Burnett does earn the distinction of being the first Seattle U student-athlete to compete in an NCAA Division I championship event via qualification since the completion of the reclassification process.
“It was great to have Dylan come back this year and qualify for the West prelims like we knew he could,” Seattle U head track and field coach Trisha Steidl said. “This was a great experience for him as well as a great step for our program. He will be back next year and he should have teammates joining him as well.”
Burnett is expected to return to the Redhawk track and field program for the 2014 outdoor season and another opportunity to reach the NCAA Championships.