Canyon del Oro grad and former Arizona track and field athlete Turner Washington, now a redshirt junior at ASU, won the NCAA indoor shot put championship with a throw of 70 feet, one inch, on Friday at Fayetteville, Ark.
Washington is the USTFCCCA West Region Field Athlete of the Year after shattering the NCAA indoor record for the shot put earlier this season at the Texas Tech Shootout. Washington went 71-8.25 on his final attempt in that meet for the record.
Turner transferred from Arizona in 2017-18 after graduating from CDO but transferred to ASU that year to be coached by assistant coach Brian Blutreich.
While at CDO, he was a 2017 silver medalist at the Pan-Am Junior Championships in the discus throw.
He was named the 2017 Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Arizona after winning a national title at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor Championships with a toss of 223 feet in the discus throw.
He set a personal-best of 227-10.25 feet in May of 2017, good for the top prep mark in the country and is the fourth-best in prep history.
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