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ALL-AMERICA x2: Herbster finishes third in hammer at 2024 NCAA Outdoor Championships

Josh Herbster, a senior from Shippensburg University, earned an All-America distinction by finishing third in the hammer throw at the 2024 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships, hosted by Emporia State University in Kansas. Herbster, seeded sixth, threw 209 feet, 8 inches (63.90 meters) in his first attempt during the prelims, securing a top nine finish that advanced him to the finals. His final throw improved to 211 feet, 10 inches (64.56 meters), solidifying his third-place result.

Herbster’s throw at last year’s championship was 204 feet, 2 inches (62.23 meters), placing him seventh. His personal best of 219 feet, 7 inches (66.93 meters) was recorded at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships earlier in the year, setting a new league record.

During his collegiate career, Herbster has been recognized multiple times, including two USTFCCCA All-America honors, nine All-Region honors across various events, and multiple PSAC awards. He holds the school record for indoor weight throw and has claimed the PSAC title in the hammer throw several times.


Tammy Annette Robinson 1964-2024

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