Ryan Crouser sweeps SP, DT at Youth Trials in Ypsilanti

             Ryan Crouser, the sophomore from Gresham, has won the shot put and discus at the U.S. World Youth Trials in Ypsilanti, Mich.

             Crouser put the 5k shot – about 1 pound lighter than the 12-pound high school implement – 70-8 ½ on Tuesday, to win by 7 feet. It is the leading mark in the world this year for Youth (under age 17) competitors, although Nick Vena, a New Jersey high school sophomore, has done 72-8 with the high school weight.

            The next-best known marks worldwide this year are 66-8 by Krzysztof Brzozowski of Poland and 66-7 ¾ by Li Meng of China.
            Crouser’s previous personal best was 67-7.
            In the discus, Crouser threw the 1.5 kilo disc 207-9 on Wednesday morning. He threw that implement 204-7 in Portland a week earlier. The leading marks worldwide are 211-9 by Hamid Mansoor of Syria and 197-1 by Lukas Weibhandinger of Austria.
            The Youth discus is slightly lighter and smaller than the 1.62k high school implement.
            Crouser thus qualifies for the U.S. team that will be competing at the 6th World Youth Games, to be held July 8-12 in Sudtirol, Italy. /JP/