BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – It may not have been exactly how he drew it up, but in the end rising sophomore Brandon Ruffin set a new standard for VCU throwers.
Ruffin became the first thrower in VCU history to compete at the US Junior Outdoor Championships this weekend. The Chesapeake, Va. native participated in both the shot put and discus over the weekend.
"Brandon had a really good weekend as the first thrower to represent VCU with the junior weight implements," VCU Assistant Coach Ethan Tussing said. "The shot was a little under his expectations coming in, but he came back and competed at a very high level in the discus. He beat a lot of guys who had thrown further than he did this year."
He started the weekend by placing in the top-20 juniors in the shot put with a toss of 56' 2" on Saturday afternoon.
Sunday had Ruffin in a highly competitive discus field, where he finished just one spot off (ninth overall) a date in the finals.
"It was hard to be the first to miss the final, but he and I are very pleased with how he performed," Tussing said. "We're excited about what this means for our program in the future and his long term potential in the USA."