Position
Throws
Height
6'3
Class
Freshman
Hometown
Sierra Vista, Ariz.
Major
Sport Administration
High School
Buena HS

Events: Weight Throw (63-9), Discus (165-10), Hammer (216-8), Javelin (227-6)

CAREER CAPSULE
One of the team’s most versatile athletes in the throws during his collegiate career with the Tigers from 2012-15 … A three-time NCAA Championships qualifier in both the javelin and hammer throws during the outdoor season during his collegiate career … Was an NCAA semifinalist in the hammer throw as a junior in 2014 … Scored in six finals at the SEC Championships during his collegiate career … Placed fourth in 2012, eighth in 2013 and sixth in 2015 in the hammer throw at the SEC Outdoor Championships … Placed fifth in 2012 and seventh in 2013 in the javelin throw at the SEC Outdoor Championships … Also placed seventh in the weight throw at the SEC Indoor Championships in 2014 … Ended his career ranked among the Top 10 performers in school history in three events … Ranked No. 4 in the hammer throw with a best of 216-8 and No. 9 in the javelin throw with a best of 227-6 on LSU’s all-time outdoor performance list … Ranked No. 10 in the weight throw with a best of 63-9 on LSU’s all-time indoor performance list.

2015
Competed in the hammer throw at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds for the third-straight season … Threw a series-best of 207-0 in a 17th-place finish in the hammer throw at the NCAA East Prelims held at Hodges Stadium at the University of North Florida … Scored three points for the Tigers with a sixth-place finish in the hammer throw final at the SEC Outdoor Championships where he threw a seasonal-best mark of 211-3 at Mississippi State’s Mike Sanders Track Complex … Finished runner-up at the 121st Penn Relays with a throw of 210-7 and fourth place at the LSU Invitational with a throw of 210-10 in the team’s regular-season finale … Placed third in the hammer at both the Louisiana Classics (200-4) and Jim Click Shootout (208-3) during the outdoor season … Eclipsed the 200-foot mark with a throw of 202-3 for seventh place at the LSU Alumni Gold … Also threw the discus and javelin during the outdoor season … Earned a 13th-place finish in javelin qualifying at the SEC Outdoor Championships with a series-best mark of 203-3 … Won the javelin title at LSU’s Battle on the Bayou with a seasonal-best throw of 209-6 … Opened the season by eclipsing the 200-foot mark in the javelin with a throw of 201-2 in a runner-up finish at the Louisiana Classics … Threw 206-7 in a runner-up finish in the javelin at the LSU Invitational … Posted a seasonal-best mark of 153-5 in a ninth-place finish in the discus throw at Arizona’s Jim Click Shootout … Competed in the weight throw during the indoor season … Just missed scoring for the Tigers at the SEC Indoor Championships where he threw a seasonal best of 62-6 for 10th place in qualifying … Finished runner-up at the New Mexico Classics with a throw of 62-3 ¼ … Placed third at the Razorback Invitational (61-11) and fourth at the LSU High Performance Meet (59-9 ½) … Earned a pair of fifth-place finishes in the weight throw at the LSU Indoor Invitational (62-0 ½) and LSU Twilight (61-10 ¼) meets.

2014
Qualified for the NCAA semifinals in the hammer throw for the first time in his collegiate career … Threw an impressive 213-10 for a ninth place finish in the national quarterfinals at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in Jacksonville, Florida … Followed by throwing a series-best of 206-4 for a 16th-place finish nationally at the 2014 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships held in Eugene, Oregon … Was also an NCAA qualifier in the javelin for the third-straight season, finishing in 25th place overall at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds with a throw of 204-3 during the competition … Raised his personal best in hammer throw by more than 15 feet over the course of the outdoor season … Opened the outdoor season with a personal best of 209-7 in winning the hammer throw at Louisiana Tech’s Jim Mize Invitational … Raised his personal best again with a throw 215-8 in a third-place finish at the LSU Alumni Gold … Posted a personal best again with a seasonal-best mark of 216-8 for a third-place finish at the LSU Invitational in the team’s regular-season finale … PR of 216-8 moved him into the No. 4 spot on LSU’s all-time outdoor performance list in the hammer throw … Won two other hammer titles during the outdoor season at the Battle on the Bayou (204-10) and Hurricane Alumni Invitational (209-3) … Earned a third-place finish in the hammer final at the Texas Relays with a series-best throw of 212-0 … Also placed fifth in the event at the Penn Relays with a mark of 208-10 … Just missed earning a spot in the javelin final at the SEC Outdoor Championships after throwing 213-9 for 10th place in qualifying … Earned a 17th-place finish in the discus throw at the SEC Outdoor Championships with a series-best of 163-5 … Also threw the hammer at the SEC Championships … Threw a seasonal best of 217-3 to win the javelin title at the LSU Invitational … Earned back-to-back runner-up finishes in the javelin at the Jim Mize Invitational (208-1) and Battle on the Bayou (215-2) … Placed seventh in the college javelin at the Penn Relays with a mark of 210-0 … Competed in the weight throw during the indoor season … Scored two points for the Tigers  with a seventh-place finish in the weight throw at the SEC Indoor Championships with a personal best of 63-9 … Moved into the No. 8 spot on LSU’s all-time indoor performance list in the weight throw with his career best of 63-9 … Threw 63-1 ½ in a runner-up finish at the LSU Twilight … Back-to-back fourth place finishes in the weight throw at the New Mexico Team Invitational (60-8) and Aggie Invitational (60-1 ¼) … Placed sixth in the weight throw at the Texas A&M Triangular (56-9 ½) and Tyson Invitational (61-0).

2013
Competed in both the hammer and javelin throws at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds as a national qualifier in both events during his sophomore season in 2013 … Was just one spot short of advancing to the hammer quarterfinal at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds while taking 17th place in the event with a series-best throw of 193-2 … Matched his seasonal best with a throw of 209-4 to take 24th place in the javelin at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds held in Greensboro, North Carolina … Competed in the discus, hammer and javelin throws at the SEC Outdoor Championships while scoring three points for the Tigers with his performance … Scored two points with his seventh-place finish in the javelin final at the SEC Outdoor Championships while throwing a seasonal best of 209-4 … Added one point with an eighth-place finish in the hammer final with a mark of 195-5 at the conference meet … Eclipsed the 200-foot mark in the hammer for the first time in his collegiate career with a personal-best throw of 201-0 for fifth place at the Texas Relays … Moved into the No. 8 spot on LSU’s all-time outdoor performance list in the men’s hammer throw with his PR of 201-0 … Threw a personal best of 165-10 in a fifth-place finish in the discus at the Battle on the Bayou … Raised his personal bests by 12 feet in the hammer and 15 feet in the discus over the course of the 2013 outdoor season … Competed in all three throwing events at the LSU Relays, Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational and Battle on the Bayou meets during the outdoor season … Placed seventh in the discus (161-6), competed in the hammer (foul) and took third in the javelin (205-8) at the LSU Relays … Placed eighth in the discus (158-7), second in the hammer (189-10) and third in the javelin (207-8) at UCLA’s Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational … Placed fifth in the discus (165-10) with a personal best, third in the hammer (198-0) and fifth in the javelin (201-8) at the Battle on the Bayou … Also competed in the javelin at the Texas Relays (200-6) and Penn Relays (198-7) during the outdoor season … Competed in the 35-pound weight throw during the indoor season … Opened the season by throwing a personal best of 58-8 ½ for sixth place at the Crimson Tide Indoor Opener … Followed with a third-place finish in the weight throw at the Texas A&M Triangular meet by throwing 57-1 ½ … Also threw 57-1 for 13th place at the Tyson Invitational … Was 18th place at the SEC Indoor Championships with his series-best of 56-7 ½.

2012
Emerged as one of the leading freshman throwers in the SEC with his performance in 2012 … Scored nine points for the Tigers in his debut at the SEC Outdoor Championships held at LSU’s Bernie Moore Track Stadium … Captured a fourth-place finish in the hammer throw with a series-best mark of 186-3 … Threw a personal record of 227-6 on his first throw to claim fifth place in the javelin competition at the SEC Outdoor meet with the No. 9-ranked performance in school history … Also threw the discus at the SEC Outdoor Championships … An NCAA Championships qualifier in the javelin with his performance at the SEC Outdoor Championships … Advanced to the national semifinal with a 12th-place finish in the javelin at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds after throwing 218-7 in the meet held in Jacksonville, Florida … Wrapped up his freshman season by finishing in 21st place at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a mark of 212-10 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa … Opened the outdoor season by setting back-to-back javelin PRs of 212-11 for fourth place at the Louisiana Classics and 215-1 for second place in the B section at the Texas Relays … Also set a PR of 216-0 for eighth place in the event at the Penn Relays before finishing with a seasonal-best of 227-6 … Added a personal best of 150-11 in the discus at the Penn Relays while finishing in 25th place in the college section … Won the javelin title at the Arizona State Tri-Meet … Set a personal best of 188-9 in the hammer throw for third place in the event at the LSU Alumni Gold … Threw 181-1 for sixth place in the hammer throw at the LSU Relays … Competed in the shot put and 35-pound weight throw during the indoor season … Finished in 12th place in the shot put (47-1 ¾) and 14th place in the weight throw (51-5) at the SEC Indoor Championships … Set a personal best of 54-4 ¾ for 10th place in the weight throw at the Razorback Invitational … Wrapped up the indoor season by throwing a lifetime PR of 49-7 ¾ for fifth place in the shot put at the LSU NCAA Indoor Qualifier … Followed the collegiate season by competing in the hammer and javelin throws at the USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Bloomington, Indiana … Nearly earned a spot on the medal podium as he threw 211-10 for fourth place in the javelin at the USA Junior Championships.

PRIOR TO LSU
One of the elite throws prospects in the United States for the Class of 2011 … A versatile athlete with the ability to compete in the discus, javelin and hammer throws at the collegiate level … Enjoyed a tremendous individual performance while setting three personal bests at the 36th-annual Great Southwest Track & Field Classic held at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque during the 2011 season … Captured the meet’s hammer throw title with a winning throw of 198-6 … Also finished as the meet runner-up in both the discus (186-10) and javelin (201-4) with personal bests … Returned to Albuquerque in July for the 2011 Region 10 Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships, where he shattered the meet record in the hammer throw by 21 feet with a winning mark of 193-4 … Took home the silver medal in the young men’s hammer throw at the 2011 USATF National Junior Olympic Championships held in Wichita, Kansas, where he threw a series-best of 179-10 … Also placed fourth in the young men’s discus at the USATF Junior Olympics with a throw of 179-11 … Wrapped up a brilliant prep career as a two-time Arizona Interscholastic Association Division 1 state champion in the discus in 2010 and 2011 … Named the 2011 Tucson Citizen Boys Arizona Athlete of the Year … Signed with the Tigers with former PRs of 186-7 in the high school discus and 200-4 in the javelin set during the 2010 outdoor season … Threw 186-7 in the discus at the 2010 Casa Grande Al Van Hazel Invitational … Finished runner-up in the javelin (200-4) at the 2010 Great Southwest Classic … Crowned the intermediate boys discus champion at the 2009 USA Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan … A two-time Arizona state runner-up in the shot put in 2009 and 2010 … Was also the Arizona state runner-up in the discus as a sophomore in 2009 … A three-time USATF Regional and National Championships qualifier in the discus and javelin … Remains Arizona’s all-time class record holder in the boys discus as both a freshman (148-4) and sophomore (172-6) set during the 2008 and 2009 seasons … Named the 2009 Male Athlete of the Year by the Sierra Vista Herald newspaper … Also served as the starting quarterback for the football team at Buena High School during his prep career.

PERSONAL
Born on April 13, 1993 … Parents are Steve Howard and Cindy Pring … Majoring in sport administration.

 

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