Delaware, Ohio - Just 10 days ago DePauw sophomore Marcus Dozier (South Bend, Ind./Riley) was fighting for a spot in the NCAA Championships and this afternoon he put together the best performance of his career and earned all-America honors with a sixth-place finish in the discus throw.
Entering today's national championship with a personal best of 160-4 (48.88 meters) achieved at the Gregory Invitational on May 15, Dozier topped that mark in three of his six attempts today with the longest coming on his third try at 171-9 (52.35 meters). That was good for sixth place along the 20 competitors. The top eight earn all-America distinction.
Prior to competing in the Gregory Invitational, Dozier was on the edge of qualifying, but solidified a spot in the field at that meet and entered the Division III Championships ranked 10th.
The performance marks the first all-America showing by a DePauw male at the NCAA Outdoor Championships since Graham Wellman did so in the 2005 meet. DePauw's last all-America showing in a field event at the men's championships came in 2000 when current assistant coach Colin Smith accomplished the feat in the discus as well.
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