Hensch Takes Bronze in Hammer at NCAA Outdoor Championships Posted on May 25th, 2019 by

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GENEVA, Ohio – Gustavus men’s thrower Michael Hensch (Sr., North Branch, Minn.) capped his decorated collegiate career with an All-American third place finish in the hammer throw at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Hensch unleashed a school record heave of 202-01.25 (61.60m) on his first attempt and advanced to the finals with the best mark. With three extra throws, Hensch increased his mark to 202-01.75 (61.61m) on his final attempt, but Zak Dysert of Baldwin Wallace was able to post a mark of 203-05.5 (62.01m) to capture the championship. Eric Holst of St. Thomas took second at 202-04.75 (61.69m).

Hensch becomes just the third Gustie to earn All-America in the hammer throw joining Hall of Famers Aaron Smith (4th in 1998, 1st in 1999) and Luke Speltz (6th in 2003). Hensch also joins Smith and Speltz as the only three Gusties to earn three All-America awards in the same year at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

“Coming in as a freshman we knew Mike had potential,” Head Coach Dale Bahr said. “He was a good thrower in high school after just one year. Tork [throws coach Tom Thorkelson] knew he was going to do well. His progression is the biggest thing. He dedicated himself in the weight room and working with Tork. He did all the necessary steps to be great. He was very mature throughout his whole career and doesn’t get rattled. We are going to miss him not just because of the points he scored but because if his quiet leadership and leading by example. His dedication to the team is second to none.”


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