The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

June 6, 2013

College track and field: Bucknell's Joseph hammers down All-America status

Bison senior places 11th in country


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EUGENE, Ore. -- Bucknell senior Leonard Joseph earned second team All-America honors in the hammer throw Thursday at the NCAA Championships.

Joseph, the school record holder in the hammer throw, finished 11th in a field of 24 competitors. His top distance (208 feet, 1 inch) came on his first attempt. It was the sixth-best mark in his flight, but left him 11th overall, two places shy of advancing to the final round.

"I feel accomplished," Joseph said in an athletic department release. "The opportunity to make finals was there. However, I am not going to hang my head."

Joseph, who was seeded No. 19 for the competition, fouled on his second try and threw just less than 203 feet on his third and final attempt. Florida sophomore Kyle Strawn was 10th with a 208-9.

"Lenny had a great career and a solid day to be an All-American," BU head coach Kevin Donner said in a school release. "He did a lot for our program and we will definitely miss him."

A season ago, Joseph earned honorable mention All-America status with a 17th-place finish. Joseph and Thomas McLean (800 meters, 1975-77) are the only Bison in program history to be named All-Americans more than once. McLean was recognized three times.

Virginia Tech freshman Tomas Kruzliak won the event at 227-3, well ahead of Southern Cal junior Remy Conaster (224-1) and Florida senior Jeremy Postin (224-0). Another freshman, Oregon's Greg Skipper, placed fourth.