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Ryan Eckert
Position: Throws
Year: Senior
City/State: Rocklin, CA
High School: Rocklin HS
College: Marshall
Major: Human Biology
Experience: 3 Letters
AS A JUNIOR IN 2012
Competed in the men's shot put for UC San Diego at the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Track & Field Championships ... Placed second overall in the shot put at the CCAA Championships, throwing a distance of 51'3" ... Took third overall in the shot put with a toss of 49'1.5" at the Cal State L.A. Last Chance Qualifier, where he concluded his season ... Hit season-record mark of 51'11" in the shot put at the Soka Peace Invitational, where he finished in first place and earned the No. 5 spot on the UCSD all-time list for that event ... Reached a season-best distance of 133'2" in the discus throw at the All-Cal Challenge, placing 14th overall against heavy competition ... Highest finish in the discus throw occurred at the Mangrum Invitational, where he placed sixth overall upon throwing 131'5".

AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2011
At Mangrum Invitational, bested the field in the shot put with a toss of 48'10'' ... Took first at the Soka-Peace Invitational with a toss of 49'5'' ... Earned a third-place finish at the CCAA Championships with a shot put mark of 48'6.25'' ... Tossed for 48'10'' at the Rossi Relays in shot put for a sixth-place finish ... Also competed in discus at the Rossi Relays and came in sixth place (136') ... Earned a first-place finish at the San Diego Collegiate Challenge with a shot put toss of 48'8.75'' and also took home eighth place in discus (116'11'') ... Finished the All-Cal Challenge with a shot put mark of 45'2.5'' to take home fourth place.

AS A FRESHMAN IN 2010
Earned a fifth-place finish in the discus with a mark of 141'8" and finished 10th in the shot put with a 43'3" toss at the CCAA Championships.

HIGH SCHOOL
A 2008 graduate of Rocklin High School in Rocklin ... "Army Scholar-Athlete of the Year" (2008) ... Sierra Foothill League (SFL) runner-up in the shot put (51'9.5") as a senior (2008) ... Threw personal best 52'10" in second-place finish in the shot put at the San Joaquin Section (SJS) Division II Trials in 2008 ... Reached personal record of 150'5" in the discus to place sixth overall at the Sac Joaquin Masters Finals during his senior year with the Thunder (2008) ... Also played football for RHS ... Honored as a First Team All-League Offensive Tackle and was a team captain as a senior (2007) ... Was voted to Second Team All-League Offensive Tackle and also received his team's "Most Improved Player" Award in his junior campaign (2006).

PERSONAL
Born July 25, 1990 in Roseville ... Parents are Bret and Cathy Eckert ... Has a younger sister named Tamara ... Relative Trent played basketball at BYU and in Europe ... Is a human biology major in Marshall College ... His most memorable moment came as a senior in football game against Granite Bay High School, in which the Thunder routed GBHS, 33-0 ... Favorite UCSD moment happened at the Soka Peace Invitational, where he earned personal bests at the collegiate level with each successive throw in the shot put ... Bike riding, snorkeling, swimming, grilling, and watching movies are among his hobbies ... Has done a triathlon ... Would choose chicken and rice as one food to eat for the rest of his life if he had to decide ... Is a fan of football and UCSD sports teams ... Listens to country music ... Favorite movie is "I Love You, Man" ... His career goal is to go into physical therapy.


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