Maurins Sets Record and Wins U.S. Junior National Championship
John Maurins
June 27, 2015

By Josh Gresh, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeTrack)

EUGENE, Ore. - Wake Forest rising sophomore John Maurins launched a winning toss of 21.90m (71-10.25) in the shot put and set an American junior record in the process on Friday afternoon at the USATF Junior Championships at Historic Hayward Field at the University of Oregon.

It was a historical day for Maurins as he became the first American with a distance of over 70 feet in the junior shot put (6kg) and moved to No. 5 on the all-time World Junior performers list. Winning the event, he surpassed the IAAF standard and has qualified for the 2015 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships, which will take place July 31-August 2, in Edmonton, Canada.

The heat didn't seem to faze Maurins from setting an American junior record in the shot put. He opened up with a put of 20.85m (68-5), but his fourth round throw of 21.90m (71-10.25) was the winner, and more than five feet further than the previous American junior mark of 20.65m (67-9) set by Sean Shields of the University of Arizona in 2002.

Maurins' national championship adds to an already impressive start to his Demon Deacon career. The Mentor, Ohio native had a great performance this season as a freshman. He earned All-ACC First Team honors in the shot put for the first time in his career and his distance at the championships ranks second in Wake Forest all-time history.

While earning All-ACC First Team honors this season, Maurins put on a display to remember in the men's shot put finals at the ACC Championships through tough weather conditions that consisted of rain and wind. Standing in fourth place after five rounds with one attempt left, Maurins withstood the elements and used his final attempt to heave a monster throw for a new personal record distance of 18.73m (61-5.5) for a second place finish.



With is USA Junior National Championship, Maurins adds to recent Wake Forest success at the USA Junior Championships. Charlie Ionata won the U.S. Junior title last year in hammer and represented the USA at the World Junior Championships.

Jessie Merckle competed in the javelin at the senior level and finished 15th place with a top distance of 49.19m (161-4). She faced against some tough competition, including some of the top NCAA competitors and professionals from NIKE and ASICS.

She earned All-ACC First Team honors finishing second in Tallahassee, Fla., and followed that up with an All-American performance at the NCAA Championships with her second-best throw of her career and a season-best toss of 53.29m (174-10). She also took first place in the javelin at the Wake Forest Open.

Maurins will now compete at the 2015 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships, which will take place July 31-August 2, in Edmonton, Canada.