Events: Weight Throw (63-9), Discus (165-10), Hammer (216-8), Javelin (227-6)
Qualified for the NCAA semifinals in the hammer throw for the first time in his collegiate career … Threw an impressive 213 feet, 10 inches 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).
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 Track & Field 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.
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 Track & Field 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 Division I Outdoor Track & Field 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.
Born on April 13, 1993 … Parents are Steve Howard and Cindy Pring … Majoring in sport administration.