Bucs' Fuchs All-America in D-III track

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GENEVA, Ohio - Senior Scott Fuchs became the third All-American in Beloit College men's outdoor track and field history, launching a new program record in the javelin to finish seventh at the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships Thursday.

Teammate Jose Gutierrez also competed in the 400-meter hurdles Thursday while Aminah Crawford will compete Friday and Lena Ramsey on Saturday.

Fuchs is the second Buccaneer to earn All-America honors over the past two seasons. He had six opportunities throwing the javelin with the key toss coming on his third attempt. After starting out with a throw of 55.57 meters on his first try, Fuchs went 57.01 on his second. On his third opportunity, he posted a distance of 60.41 meters (198-2.50), the longest toss in program history and good for seventh in the national meet. The top eight in each event earn All-America honors.

Next up for Fuchs will be competing in NCAA Division I. He has accepted a scholarship to use his remaining NCAA eligibility throwing for the Iowa State Track and Field program as a graduate transfer.

Gutierrez, the first Buccaneer to compete Thursday, qualified for the second consecutive year in the 400-meter hurdles. The senior, a four-time Midwest Conference champion in the event, made his second appearance in as many years at the national meet.

Gutierrez was in lane three in a six-man preliminary heat. The race was tight and going into the third from last hurdle, Gutierrez clipped the hurdle and stumbled a bit slowing his pace and dashing his hopes of returning to the finals.

Gutierrez was the second Buc in program history to earn All-America honors after finishing seventh in 2018. He also holds the school record in the event.

• UP NEXT: Crawford will compete in the prelims of the 100-meter dash Friday afternoon, The finals of the event are slated for Saturday. Ramsey will take flight in the triple jump Saturday.

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