BY JEFF HARTSELL
The Citadel’s Capers Williamson, the first Bulldogs athlete to compete in a final round at the Olympic Trials, finished eighth in the finals of the javelin throw Monday in Eugene, Oregon.
Williams, a graduate student and former Bulldogs football player, recorded a throw of 232 feet, 10 inches in the final to finish five spots out of the top three. The top three throwers qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team that will compete in Rio de Janeiro next month.
Williamson, a two-time Southern Conference champion in the javelin, qualified for the Olympic Trials with a throw of 239-4 at the SoCon championships.
In the Olympic Trials preliminaries, Williamson uncorked a throw of 229-11 to rank among eight throwers who qualified for an extra three throws. He then threw 227-2 to make the 12-man finals.
Cyrus Hostetler won the event with a throw of 273-1. Also qualifying for Rio were Curtis Thompson (271-11) and Riley Dolezal (261-4).