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NCAA All Division Record - 25.58M From
UW GENEVA, Ohio -- There was no question that the competition had
improved. The problem for the competition, however, was that Michael Lihrman
had improved even more. Remarkably, the Wisconsin senior easily dispatched
of a historically-deep field to win his second-consecutive conference crown
in the weight throw Saturday at the 2015 Big Ten Indoor Championships --
unleashing the best effort in collegiate history for good measure. Going
into the season, only one man in collegiate history -- former NCAA Division
II athlete Kibwe Johnson -- had surpassed the 80-foot barrier in the weight
throw. In his six throws Saturday, Michael Lihrman topped it three times.
The best came on his second attempt, an 83-foot, 11 1/4-inch bomb that left
Lihrman standing alone above his collegiate peers. "I knew if I didn't get
that record, I would regret it for the rest of my life," Lihrman said.
"Really, it was me against that record and I went out on top." Now, as the
No. 3 man on the all-time list, he has only two peers in world history --
American Lance Deal, at 84-10 1/4, and Slovakian Libor Charfreitag, at 84-3.
His next goal is clear. "The world record is 25.86 meters," he said. "I
didn't think it was going to be attainable this year, seeing how my
progression was going on this year. "Now, I'm only 28 centimeters away, so
it is still possible." Lihrman's top challenger Saturday was Purdue's
Chukwuenba Enewechi, who became the third collegian to top 80 feet earlier
this season and ranks No. 8 on the all-time world list. Enewechi's best mark
on the day, a throw of 77-5 1/2, left him a staggering 6 1/2 feet shy of
Lihrman. All four of Lihrman's fair throws -- he fouled twice -- were better
than Enewechi's runner-up mark. Lihrman now owns 9 of the top 10 marks in
collegiate history -- eight of which have come in his last two competitions.
He will be an overwhelming favorite to win his second-straight national
title when he heads to the NCAA indoor championships in two weeks. "By this
meet, I felt the best I have all year so I just knew it was coming," he said
of his performance. "The fact of how the ring was going to be for me, if I
could figure it out and I did.
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