June 14, 2014
EUGENE, Ore. – Senior thrower Eric Masington will leave Oregon with his first career All-American honors, and a First Team nod at that. The Trevose, Pennsylvania native finished seventh in the discus throw to secure the honors on Friday at the penultimate day of the 2014 NCAA Championships.
On the biggest stage in collegiate track and field, Masington delivered. He launched for a career-best 59.19m (194-2.00) to capture seventh place. The top eight finishers earn First Team All-American honors while finishes 9-16 receive Second Team recogntition.
Masington becomes the ninth UConn thrower to earn All-American laurels, but secures a unique spot in Connecticut history as the first-ever discus thrower to achieve the feat. His distance of 59.19m also tops the previous school record held by former Husky Ray Wilks (55.76m in 2000), an All-American in his own right in the shot put in 1999.
"Eric had a great competition on the biggest stage he has ever competed on," said associate head coach and throws coach Rich Miller. "On Friday many of the throwers struggled with the conditions and the pressure. I was very happy to see Eric throw a lifetime best under those conditions. It is a testament of his preparation, dedication and of how far he has come. The thing that I appreciate the most is seeing a plan through that began 12 months ago. One that prepared him for this week. I was very proud of the way Eric competed and represented UConn."
The senior captain concludes a fantastic final season at Connecticut in which he found success in both the discus and shot put. He placed fifth at the American Athletic Conference Championship (16.59m) and sixth at the IC4A Championship (17.34m) in shot put, earning top recognition in two of UConn’s major outdoor meets.
As a discus thrower, Masington won the Walt Disney Open (54.40m), the Dog Fight (55.72m), and the UConn Challenge (54.26m), proving his dominance over competition. With a throw of 57.80m, he won first place for discus in the AAC Championship. The Husky senior won discus at the New England Championship as well, helping his team to a third place finish after a heave of 58.80m. His throw of 58.73m was his season-best and helped him capture third place in the IC4A Championship. Masington qualified for the East Regional after his many victories, which is where he earned a spot in the NCAA Finals. The eleventh place finish for the UConn track star showed improvement from his 16th place finish in last year’s East Regional and earn him his first-ever trip to the NCAA Championship.