Bartling throws his way into the NCAA's

UNK junior thrower Jacob Bartling fully extends his arms on May 21, 2018 in preparation of throwing the discus (KHGI)

The Nebraska-Kearney track and field program is sending four athletes to the NCAA Outdoor Championships this week.

One of the veterans making the trip to North Carolina is junior thrower, and Loper football player, Jacob Bartling. The Elm Creek native qualified in the discus and shot put, crediting a strict regimen as the source allowing him to stay near the top of the pack.

"The weight room plays a big role in getting stronger," Bartling said. "I'm a lot stronger this year than I was last year so that means the throw is there I just have to set it up in the ring. That's what I've been striving to do."

Bartling currently ranks in the top 15 in both events and if he climbs the ladder into the top 8, he can finish as a Division II All–American. If he’s able to even crack the top 12, the former Buffalo can still manage a spot on the 2nd team All–America squad.

"I know what it feels like, sometimes you don't always hit it right but I know what it feels like and so I chase that perfect throw every time and it doesn't always come through but when it does you know there's more in the tank," said Bartling.

His best toss in shot put measured out to 58 feet, 10.75 inches, while in the discus, Bartling has a season best of 174 feet and 4 inches.

The Loper thrower needs to increase his best shot by nearly a foot if he's to get first-team All-American based on the qualifying performances and he would need to sling the disk a little more than four feet further if he's to crack the top 8 in discus.

Bartling competes in the discus on Friday at 3 p.m. CT and the men's shot put happens Saturday at 2:40 p.m. CT.

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