National Champ! KSU's Haugh Earns ASUN's First-Ever NCAA National Crown

National Champ! KSU's Haugh Earns ASUN's First-Ever NCAA National Crown

Final Results | Championship Info | 2018-19 ASUN Postseason Success

AUSTIN, Texas - Kennesaw State's Daniel Haugh became the ASUN Conference's first-ever NCAA National Champion as the senior thrower tossed 74.63 meters (244'10) at the NCAA Men's Outdoor Track & Field Championship in the Hammer Throw on Wednesday afternoon.

From Marietta, Ga., Haugh sat in first place after his first two tosses, but dropped down to fourth following the third and fourth rounds. He moved back into the top spot with his fifth throw and cemented himself as the first-ever NCAA Champion from the ASUN for any sport. He also becomes KSU's first NCAA National Champion at the Division I level.

Haugh finished ahead of Kansas' Gleb Dudarev (73.88m) and Virginia's Hilmar Orn Jonsson (73.24m). He owned the top-two throws in the competition and three of the best four as his final attempt went 74.11m. 

A record number of ASUN student-athletes are competing this year at the NCAA Men's & Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a total of 17 student-athletes in Austin, Texas. Four schools are represented at the national meet as more individuals and relay squads look to have similar results in the Lonestar State.

Prior to the ASUN sponsoring Indoor Track & Field, Jacksonville's Monique Tubbs won the 2001 NCAA Women's Indoor National Title in the 60m Dash. The league later adopted the sport in 2006.

The ESPN family of networks will broadcast live coverage from Austin each evening, including Wednesday (7:30-11 p.m. Eastern on ESPN2), Thursday (8-9 p.m. Eastern on ESPNU, 9-11:30 p.m. Eastern on ESPN2), Friday (8:30-11 p.m. Eastern on ESPN) and Saturday (6:30-9 p.m. Eastern on ESPN2). Live video streaming coverage of the field events will be available on ESPN3 throughout the meet.

Haugh's victory at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships adds another new standard set by ASUN student-athletes and teams in all sports. The league has seen unparalleled success this year in postseason action as conference teams have combined for 19 team wins including nine in NCAA Tournaments. 

At the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, KSU's Jordan Gray finished as the Runner-Up in the Women's Pentathlon for the best indoor finish in league history, while Liberty's Alejandro Perlaza Zapata placed sixth in the 400-Meter Dash, which is tied for the second-best showing in league indoor history.