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Five men, four women named first team All-Americans
Penn State men finish 12th overall; Nittany Lions post three first team All-America finishes Saturday
Penn State has finished in the Top 25 every year
Volunteer Assistant Ryan Whiting qualifies for 2012 Olympic Games
Nittany Lions enjoy outstanding first two days at Olympic Trials
Kovacs' Personal Collegiate Bests
|Shot Put||65-1.25 (19.84)||62-10 (19.15)|
|35lb Weight||62-6.75 (19.07)|
On the National Scene ... || 2011 Outdoor || Posted a clutch effort of 62-6.50 (19.06) in a driving rain to finish third in the shot put at the NCAA Outdoor Championships ... Finished ties for the second-highest outdoor finish in the event in school history ... Competed at the NCAA First Round in both the shot put and the discus ... Placed fourth overall in the shot at First Round with an effort of 61-7.50 (18.78) ... Notched a personal-outdoor best 62-10 (19.15) to place 14th in the shot at the USATF Championships ... Finish was second best among collegians. || 2011 Indoor || Finished 14th in the shot put, earning Second Team All-America status ... Automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships with an PR effort of 65-1.25 (19.84). || 2010 Outdoor || Placed 18th in the shot put at the NCAA Championships ... Recorded a toss of 59-11 (18.26) to finish sixth at the NCAA Eastern First Round and advance to the national final. || 2010 Indoor || Recorded a bronze-medal effort and his first-career All-America finish in the shot put at the NCAA Indoor Championships, thanks to a throw of 62-11.25 (19.18) ... PR performance of 63-6.25 (19.36) was a top 15 mark by an American during the indoor season, and fifth among collegians, as well as the second-best mark in PSU history. || 2009 Outdoor || Placed 14th in the shot put at the NCAA East Regional with a throw of 56-11.50 (17.36).
At the Big Ten Championships ... || 2011 Outdoor || Recorded scoring finishes in two events, placing second in the shot put and eighth in the discus ... Also competed in the hammer throw. || 2011 Indoor || Earned his first-career Big Ten title via a PR effort of 65-1.25 (19.84) - the second-best throw in PSU history ... Also competed in the weight throw. || 2010 Outdoor || Turned in a PR 172-9 (52.65) to earn silver-medal honors in the discus ... Placed fifth in the shot put with a mark of 58-3.25 (17.76) and finished 17th in the hammer. || 2010 Indoor || Claimed runner-up status in the shot put with an effort of 61-6.75 (18.76) ... Placed 12th in the weight with a personal-best throw of 59-11 (18.26). || 2009 Outdoor || Recorded a seventh-place finish in the shot put with a toss of 57-3 (17.45) ... Also finished 17th in the discus, and 21st in the hammer. || 2009 Indoor || Finished 15th in the shot put and 21st in the weight throw ... Recorded a personal-best toss of 54-4.75 (16.58) at the conference meet. || 2008 Indoor || Competed in the shot put and weight throw, finishing 18th in the shot.
In the Field ... || 2011 Outdoor || Had an outstanding weekend at the Auburn War Eagle Invitational, placing third in the shot put and the hammer, and fourth in the discus ... Recorded a PR 201-9 (61.50) at Auburn, which also ranks third in school history ... Threw a career-best 184-0 (56.08) to place third in the discus at the Jesse Owens Classic ... Now ranks fifth in the event on the all-time PSU top 10 list ... Placed third in the "Championship" discus, and fifth in the "Championship" shot put at Penn Relays ... Finished third in the shot at Florida Relays. || 2011 Indoor || Won the shot at the Akron Invitational with a toss of 62-10.50 (19.16) ... Placed second in the shot at the Penn State National, and third at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup ... Recorded a personal-best toss of 62-6.75 (19.07) to place sixth in the weight at the Penn State National. || 2010 Outdoor || Recorded a personal-outdoor best 61-5.50 (18.73) to win the shot at the Bucknell Team Challenge, also setting a new facility record ... Was named Big Ten Athlete of the Week following his efforts ... Earned top five finishes in the shot put with a second-place standing at the Penn State Open and a fourth-place showing at the Sun Angel Classic ... Finished sixth in the shot at the Jesse Owens Classic ... Won the discus at the Bucknell Team Challenge and the Penn State Open, and finished seventh in the event at Florida Relays ... Top hammer mark was 189-7 (57.79) to place fourth at the Sun Angel Classic. || 2010 Indoor || Won the shot put at the PSU Northeast Challenge and placed second at the Penn State National and Penn State Relays ... PR 63-6.25 (19.36) at the Penn State National was an NCAA automatic qualifier ... Placed third in the shot at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup ... Best regular season finish in the weight was a second-place effort at the Penn State Relays ... Took fifth in the weight at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup. || 2009 Outdoor || Launched a personal-best 60-9.50 (18.53) to finish second in the Eastern shot put at the Penn Relays ... The mark was the best throw by a Lion in nearly 20 years and was also one of the top 15 efforts in the NCAA in 2009 ... Won the shot at the Bison Outdoor Classic and the Penn State Open ... Posted a personal-best effort of 172-10 (52.69) to finish ninth in the hammer at the Jim Click Shootout ... Also finished third in the shot at Jim Click with a regional-qualifying 55-10.25 (17.02) ... Best discus mark was 161-0 (49.07) at the Bison Outdoor Classic ... Placed sixth in the shot at the Jesse Owens Classic. || 2009 Indoor || Top finish was a second-place effort in the shot put at the Penn State Open ... Placed third in the shot at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup, posting an indoor PR of 55-5 (16.89) ... Turned in a fourth-place finish in the shot at the Washington Husky Invitational with a toss of 54-7.50 (16.65) ... Recorded a pair of top 10 finishes at the Penn State Relays, placing seventh in the weight and eighth in the shot. || 2008 Outdoor || Redshirted the outdoor campaign. || 2008 Indoor || Placed third in the shot put at the Penn State Open, and fourth at the Penn State National ... Finished eighth in the weight at the Penn State Open and the Virginia Tech Elite meet.
Before Penn State ... || High School || Won PIAA titles in the discus and the shot put during senior season ... Winning shot put mark of 64-10.75 is ranked third in Pennsylvania high school history, and was the sixth-best throw in the country that year ... Threw 60-4 in the shot put indoors ...District XI champion in the shot put and the discus ... Discus PR of 184-10 is also ranked third all-time in Pa. ... Placed second in the discus and seventh in the shot put at the state meet as a junior ... Won the district discus title as a junior, and finished second in the shot ... Placed fourth in the discus at Penn Relays during senior year ... Finished sixth in the shot put at Nike Outdoor Nationals ...Took second in the shot put at the Caribbean Scholastic Invitational in Puerto Rico in 2007. || Personal || Son of Joanna Kovacs ... Born June 28, 1989 ... Earned his undergraduate degree in Earth and Mineral Science ... Will take graduate classes in Counselor Education this year.
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