Phillips is second-team All-American

EUGENE, Ore. — David Phillips’ prolific throwing career came to an end on Thursday when he did not advance to the finals from the field of 24 in the hammer throw. Competing in his first NCAA Championship meet created a bittersweet ending for the senior who caps off one of the biggest senior seasons in program history.
“I threw good for the day,” said Phillips. “This was a good performance but a different kind of competition at this level. Obviously we all want to finish higher, but to make it to this meet is the next best thing I could have asked for to end my collegiate career.”
Phillips came in 12th overall after placing sixth in the opening flight. His best throw measured 63.24m (207-06). The Deer Lodge native uncorked a lifetime best and program record throw of 64.97m (213-02) at the Big Sky Championships in May. He won the individual title in the event, as well.
“He’s a second-team All-American, still a good showing,” said throws coach Mike Carignan. “He stepped up, represented us well and we’ll leave here with high spirits. David has really been the exemplary student, team leader and clearly an outstanding thrower.”
Phillips leaves behind his program record in the hammer throw, a second rank in the indoor weight throw and ninth in the indoor shot put. He is a five-time Big Sky champion in the throwing events.
“Seems like six and twelve were our numbers this weekend,” said head coach Dale Kennedy. “They represented us well and they both come back to Bozeman with All-America honors.”
Phillips’ appearance at the NCAA meet finally bookends the 2013 Montana State Track and Field season.

— MSU Sports Information

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