Local roundup: Mansfield’s Watkins, LHU’s Laudeman finish at NCAA championships in Top 20

Mansfield University’s Hunter Watkins capped a remarkable career with an 18th-place finish in the javelin at the 2019 NCAA Division II outdoor track and field championships hosted by Texas A&M-Kingsville on Saturday.

Watkins fouled his first two attempts before registering a mark of 52.29 meters despite an injury. The throw fell below Watkins’ seed mark, but positioned the senior 18th in the nation.

It marks the third consecutive season that Watkins has competed in the javelin at the NCAA Championship meet. He is a three-time All-PSAC honoree and won the 2018 PSAC javelin title. Watkins has also claimed three All-Atlantic Region nods in his career.

Lock Haven standout senior-thrower Wade Laudeman ended his remarkable career in the javelin throw as well.

Laudeman’s best of three throws in the prelims was a mark of 184-0. He threw 173-2 on his first throw and 165-3 on his third and final throw. That second throw of the day proved to be his top one at 184-0.

Laudeman was 15th out of 19.

He entered the meet seeded No. 12 in the javelin throw with mark of 215-1, a distance he threw back in March.

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