Renztsch Finishes 21st in Javelin Competition on Final Day of NCAA Championships

Freshman Vincent Rentzsch
Freshman Vincent Rentzsch


EUGENE, Ore. – UMBC freshman thrower Vincent Rentzsch (Oranienburg, Germany) finished in 21st-place in the javelin competition at his first NCAA track and field championships, Saturday afternoon on the final day of the national outdoor meet at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon. 

The fifth Retriever to ever reach the NCAA championships, Rentzsch recorded his best toss of the day, a heave of 62.17m (204'00"), in his second throw during flight one of the competition.  His distance placed him tenth in the preliminary round.

Ohio State's Bill Stanley paced the opening group with a toss of 72.79m (238'10) while Sam Humphreys from Texas A&M led all throwers with his launch of 77.31 (253'07") during flight two. Humphreys then recorded the top distance of the day in the finals (77.95m; 255'09") to take home the gold medal.

In his first season with the Black and Gold, Renztsch was on a record-setting pace from the onset. In his first-ever outdoor meet, the Florida State Relays, the rookie broke the 14-year old school record in the javelin.  He set a new mark the next weekend at the Big Dawg Invitational at UMBC Stadium, and then went on to do so two more times during the invitational season.  At the America East Championships, Rentzsch won the event, along with garnering the decathlon title, to earn Most Outstanding Rookie accolades.

He was not finished, however, recording his best-ever in his final throw of the NCAA East Regionals at North Carolina A&T.  Posting a heave of 70.88m (232'6"), Renztsch jumped from 15th overall to fifth and earned a spot at the national meet in Oregon.

The Orianenburg, Germany native will now return home to participate in the German National Championships to be held July 6-7.