Penn Stater breaks record at wheelchair track and field championships

June 16, 2003

Edmond, Okla. -- Earlier this month at the Endeavor Games, the 2003 national championships for wheelchair track and field meet, Penn Stater Jeffrey Hantz again broke the national meet record in disc in the adult division with a 31.52-meter throw.

With his achievement, Hantz continues to improve his chances of earning a spot for the Paralympics in Athens in 2004. A native of Latrobe, Hantz is still young enough to compete in junior competition and will be going to New London, Conn., to compete in the junior national competition. The World qualifying mark was 27.5 meters to be considered for the USA team.

Hantz also threw a lifetime best in the javelin with 24.18 meters and threw 7.49 meters in the shot put. He set the American record of best throws ever for a F6 paralympic athlete with a combined total of 32.86 meters at the Mid Atlantic Regional in Harrisonburg, Va., in April 27. He also started lifting in competition and has increased his bench press max from 170 to 300 pounds.

Hantz also has successfully competed in wheelchair weight lifting and wheelchair tennis programs at Penn State, where he is an honors student in computer science and plays in the pep band at basketball games. He plans to go to graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. in computer science and later teach at a university.

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