All it took was one throw at the Red & White Open at the Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center on Friday for Wisconsin’s Michael Lihrman to etch his name into the NCAA record books.
On his first attempt in the weight throw — that’s the indoor version of the hammer throw, in case you were wondering — Lihrman unleashed a massive throw of 79 feet, 7 1/2 inches, beating the old Division I record — set by Ohio State’s Dan Taylor in 2004 — by almost 10 inches.
You can check out a video of the record-setting throw below:
Lihrman, who spent two years at UW-Stout before transferring, said he was just hoping to get in some good throws before the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Championships next week and didn’t expect to set a new national record:
I always shoot for a goal that I think I probably can’t hit and I always surpass it. I always surprise myself. [But] not quite that big. I just wanted to PR again to get geared up for next week, because that’s the week you have to peak.
Lihrman will face some stiff competition next week. The top four throwers in the nation this year all compete in the Big Ten.