Crouser Family Rules NCAA Throwing Events
The first family of throwing.
Dean and Brian Crouser of Oregon made history in 1982, becoming the first siblings to win NCAA titles in different events at the same NCAA Outdoor Championships*.
That’s in any event – but this time it involves throwing that’s never been seen again.
Each of the Crouser’s victories were special (The two actually combined for three that year).
Dean, then a junior, was the first Crouser to win an NCAA title, claiming the discus crown on Friday at 63.22m (207-5). He was a favorite there, but not in the shot put on Saturday when he produced a victory in the closest competition in meet history – just 1 centimeter (one-quarter inch) separated him from Mike Lehman of Illinois at 20.84m (68-4½) to 20.83m (68-4¼).
Both of Dean’s winning marks in 1982 were the third best in meet history at the time.
“This is the happiest day of my life,” Dean told Dave Kayfes of the Eugene Register-Guard after his shot victory. “I still can’t believe it. I was so sure Lehman was going to come back on his last one.”
Brian, then a 19-year-old freshman, completed the sibling double – on Saturday before Dean’s shot win – by winning the javelin title and becoming the first freshman to do so. The younger Crouser had three marks that would have won. His best of 83.72m (274-8) was also the third best in meet history, just like his older brother in the discus and shot.
“I thought I could do it,” Brian told Kayfes, who noted that Brian turned to his headphones between efforts. “It (the radio) just took my mind off of it (the competition) and got me psyched up, too.”
A year later, Dean won the NCAA discus with a meet-record 65.88m (216-2). Then, two years later in 1985, Brian won a second NCAA javelin title, becoming the first freshman – man or woman – to also win the event as a senior.
The Crouser throwing tree had other branches, too. Dean’s son, Sam, won NCAA javelin titles in 2014 and 2015 at Oregon. Ryan Crouser – nephew to both Dean and Brian – won NCAA Outdoor shot titles in 2013 and 2014 at Texas, plus an Olympic gold in 2016.
Spoiler alert: There’s a Carter family in Texas that also has its own unique history that will be given its own special article in the future.
*You might remember the first pair of siblings were Mack and Jackie Robinson, but in different years (1938 and 1940) and for different programs (Oregon and UCLA).
The NCAA and collegiate track & field will mark a momentous milestone in the spring of 2021 -- the 100th anniversary of the NCAA Championships and with that, the NCAA Track & Field Championships. In June 1921, the University of Chicago hosted the first track & field championships in NCAA history.
This point can’t be emphasized enough: Not only was the event the first for NCAA track & field, but the first championships for any sport under the sponsorship of the NCAA.
To celebrate, over each of the next 365 days, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) will celebrate moments, student-athletes, and coaches that have made a century’s worth of championships special. From humble beginnings to important historical milestones to the modern-day, collegiate track & field has evolved with the American society.
The 2021 edition of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships begin with preliminary round action on May 27-29 in Jacksonville, Fla., and College Station, Texas. The championships final site and culmination of the celebration is slated for June 9-12, 2021 at the newly rebuilt Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
Wanamaker Wins Inaugural Decathlon Title
Rick Wanamaker of Drake won the first-ever decathlon title at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in 1970!
SMU’s Connor Bounds To Triple Jump Greatness
It’s been 38 years and still no one has broken the meet record Keith Connor of SMU set in the triple jump at the 1982 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Provo, Utah.
Hail Lorenzo! Daniel Sprints To 200-Meter Records
Lorenzo Daniel of Mississippi State made four consecutive appearances in the final of the Men’s 200 Meters and set a collegiate and meet record in his last race.
Talented Twins Dominate Pole Vault Podium
Twin sisters Lexi Jacobus and Tori Hoggard finished on the same podium five times in eight seasons at the NCAA Championships and each won an outdoor title.
Blozis Was A “Giant” In The Shot
“Giant” Al Blozis won three consecutive shot put titles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships between 1940 and 1942.
Cameron Came Close To Standing Alone
Two one-hundredths of a second separated Bert Cameron of UTEP from standing alone in NCAA history.
UCLA’s Vickers Ruled The 400 Hurdles
Janeene Vickers of UCLA was the first woman to win multiple NCAA DI titles in the 400 Meter Hurdles.
Wykoff Wins Stacked NCAA 100 Final
Frank Wykoff won a stacked 100-yard final at the 1930 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships that featured six current or former world record holders.
Nehemiah Cruises To All-Time World Best In 1979
Renaldo Nehemiah of Maryland set an all-time world best of 12.91 (+3.5) in the 110 Hurdles at the 1979 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships and won by 0.64 seconds.
Liquori Is Mr. Sub-4 At NCAAs
Marty Liquori won three consecutive mile titles at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, all in sub-4 times.