Uzoma Orji Wins Shot Put At NCAA Division III Championships; Leads MIT To Eighth Place

March 12, 2006


ST. OLAF, Minn. - All-American senior Uzoma Orji continued to reign dominance in the shot put and weight throw at the NCAA Division III Championships held at the Tostrud Center this past weekend. He placed first in the shot put and second in the weight throw to earn all 18 of MIT's team points. The Engineers finished in eighth place in the 52 team field, while Wisconsin La Crosse won the meet with a total score of 78 points.

Orji began the competition with a second place finish in the weight throw on Friday. His throw traveled 63-11 (19.48 meters), placing him behind junior Kevin Becker of Wisconsin La Crosse. Becker's throw of 68-3.75 (20.82 meters) set a new meet and Tostrud Center record.

Senior Nate Ball also competed for the Engineers on Friday. He reached 15-7.75 (4.77 meters) in the pole vault and tied for ninth place, just missing out on placing for points.

On Saturday, Orji set a record of his own in the shot put. His mark of 58-3.75 (17.77 meters) established a new Tostrud Center record and bested senior Robert Godfrey's (Rowan University) 56-8 (17.27 meters) toss. With the first place finish in the shot put, Orji added another 10 points to the eight he earned on Friday.