Dylan Burnett (Lynnwood, Wash.) posted a strong second attempt to give himself a chance to earn three more throws, but his third attempt did not travel as far, leaving him just outside the top 16 and ending his participation in the javelin throw at the NCAA Division I Track and Field West Preliminary Championships Thursday evening at John McDonnell Field on the campus of the University of Arkansas.
Competing in the third and final flight, Burnett’s first attempt traveled 59.73 meters (195’ 11”), putting him in 34th place after the initial throw for everyone in the flight. He improved on his second attempt with a throw of 62.99 meters (206’ 8”), moving up into 17th place with one throw remaining. His third attempt traveled 58.17 meters (190’ 10”), and Burnett would eventually slip into 18th place. Only the top 16 competitors after three attempts from all three flights moved on to earn three more attempts, eventually deciding the top 12 finishers who advance to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore.
Burnett participated in the NCAA West Preliminary Championships for the second consecutive year. Last year in Austin, Texas, he finished in 23rd place with a top throw of 64.23 meters (210’ 9”). This season, Burnett won the Western Athletic Conference title in the javelin throw at the WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a mark of 67.53 meters (221’ 7”), his best effort of the 2014 outdoor track season.
“Dylan had a great run and changed the game of how we compete here at Seattle U,” assistant track and field coach Chad Pharis said. “Things did not go as planned today, but he showed a lot of heart in how he battled until the final throw.”
Burnett will leave Seattle U with the school record in the javelin throw, set when he won the 2011 Great West Conference title in the event with a throw of 70.66 meters (231’ 10”), earning Most Outstanding Performance honors at the GWC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. He captured both conference titles at Hal Wing Track and Field on the campus of Utah Valley University, two of six times Burnett won the javelin throw at a collegiate track and field meet during his Redhawk career.