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Brad Szypka, a 2011 Genoa graduate and sophomore at the University of Kentucky under a track and field scholarship, took fourth in the shot put at the SEC Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

He threw 18.83 meters (61 feet, 9½ inches), which is also his personal best mark this year. The mark was eighth-best in school history indoors. He is currently ranked 17th among throwers in NCAA Division I. He is hoping to get an invitation to the D-I NCAA championships on March 9.


Szypka is considered one of the team's top throwers with the Kentucky's best shot put mark coming at the Florida Relays (16.62m/54-06.50). He also registered in the team's top three in discus and hammer throw and competed in the USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships shot put in Bloomington, Ind., finishing 13th. His mark of 16.62m/54-06.50 was his best thow of 2012.

During the indoor season, Szypka had the team's best shot put of the indoor season on his home track at the SEC Championships (16.35m/53-07.75). He produced the team's second-best weight throw (15.92m/52-02.75) at the Rod McCravy Memorial.

While at Genoa, Szypka finished first in the weight throw at the state indoor track meet of Ohio as a senior. He finished first in district division II in the shot put as a senior, and won the division II regional meet as well, and won the state championship in division II in the shot put as a senior. Szypka wins the Genoa High School shot put record (64 feet, 4.5 inches).

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