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Rutgers’ Rudy Winkler Wins Big Ten Title With Record Setting Hammer Throw

Track and Field: NCAA Championships Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

When Rudy Winkler, the 2017 NCAA Hammer Throw national champion, announced he was coming to Rutgers as a graduate transfer, the hope was that he would leave with even more hardware than he arrived with. After shattering the program record with a throw of 72.02 meters (236’ 03”) earlier this season, Winkler produced an even better moment Friday at the Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Winkler once again broke the Rutgers program mark he previously aet with a hammer throw of all-time record with a throw of 73.85 meters (242’ 3”). It was also the farthest hammer throw in the history of the Big Ten Championship, adding another milestone in his great career!

Winkler will now set his sights on th NCAA Regionals in two weeks in hopes of ultimately defending his national title in June. He won the NCAA title last year with a throw of 74.12 meters (243’ 2”).

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