ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – For the second straight March, Southeastern Louisiana senior thrower Alex Young is celebrating a national championship.
Nearly a year after becoming the first Lion to win a Division I national championship, Young captured the weight throw at the USATF Indoor National Championships Sunday at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
“March has just been one of those good months,” Young said. “I think I can attribute most of it the Lord first and foremost and to my coaches. Championship season comes around and I’m usually ready to game up. I’m a competitor so I enjoy great competition.”
The Nashville, Tennessee native, competing unattached, threw a personal-best 78 feet, 9.75 on his fourth attempt to win by 11 inches over defending national champion Colin Dunbar.
“Colin and I are actually good friends,” Young said. “We see each other at big meets and we always crack jokes with each other. That’s how it is with most of the field, actually. We’re all pretty close friends.”
Young took the lead with a throw of 78-08.5 on his second attempt, then extended it on his fourth throw.
“He did a great job of putting himself in a position early to take the lead,” Southeastern assistant coach Amin Nikfar said. “He just continued the lead and still competed well. We’re looking forward to seeing that momentum carried outdoors.”
Young won the weight throw at the 2016 NCAA Indoor National Championships. The two-time All-American and 2016 Southland Conference Indoor Track and Field Student-Athlete of the Year, is completing his eligibility with Southeastern this outdoor season. Young said he is planning to start his season at the Hurricane Twilight Meet on March 25.
The Southeastern squads head to Lake Charles next Saturday for the McNeese Bob Hayes Invitational.
Junior pole vaulter Devin King will compete at the NCAA Division I Indoor National Championships in College Station, Texas on Friday.