Dan Austin, Williams College
Dan Austin (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) graduated from Williams as a two-time NCAA Division III champion (and record holder) in the discus and he also captured All-America honors in the shot put and hammer throw. Austin's efforts helped the Ephs finish fourth at the NCAA Championships.
Austin, a biology major, was an Academic All-NESCAC selection and an ESPN The Magazine Second Team Academic All-American.
As a junior Austin set the NCAA Division III record in the discus with a throw of 196' 1" at the 2005 NCAA Championships. He later added to the best throw ever in Div. 3 by hurling the discus 196' 11" at the 2006 New England Division III Championships at Springfield College.
As a junior Austin qualified for the UST&F Nationals where he competed against the best amateur and professional discus throwing American citizens and he finished seventh overall and third among collegians.
This past June Austin returned to the UST&F Nationals and finished first among collegiate throwers (198' 9") and fourth overall. Only three professional, Nike-funded throwers finished ahead of Austin. Austin edged Arizona's Adam Kuehl by 3' 7" (195' 2") for fourth. Kuehl finished second at the NCAA Division I Championships. "I'm really excited and thankful for the way things have worked out over the past year," said the low-key Austin.
Austin's throwing career is not yet complete and he even has one more year of collegiate throwing remaining. Due to injuries suffered while competing at Williams Austin has one year of eligibility left and he will throw next year for the University of Arizona. "I'm excited about going to Arizona and competing on a Division I level and pushing and being pushed by Adam Kuehl, because I think it can only help us both to get better."
The weekend before the USA Championships Austin was at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., for a throwers only meet and he recorded his best throw ever – 208' – but that was under absolutely perfect conditions. "In Chula Vista the weather was great and there was no wind, but in Indianapolis [USAT&F] we had a long delay because of rain [3 hours] and the air was very heavy," Austin noted.
Austin's development of the past two years clearly shows that he has the potential to be in the hunt for one of the three discus berths on the U.S. Olympic Team for the 2008 Olympic Games to be held in Beijing.
When his discus throwing days are done Austin is considering a career as a professor or a doctor.