ALLENDALE, Mich. – Grand Valley State track & field’s regular season comes to a close with the conclusion of the GVSU Last Chance Meet on Saturday at the GVSU Track & Field Stadium and saw talented thrower Darien Thornton not only break the school record but qualify himself for the U.S. Olympic Trials.
Thornton is a 2012 Wayne High School graduate.
Competing in the hammer throw, Thornton hit a distance of 70.45m (231’ 2”) on his final throw of the event. Darien’s throw qualifies him for the United States Track & Field Olympic Team Trials to the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. Thornton will compete in the Trials on Wednesday, July 6, in Eugene, Oregon.
His mark breaks the school record in the event of 68.55m that he originally set at the Al Owens Classic this season. The senior’s toss, an automatic qualifying mark for the upcoming Division II National Championships, puts him at the top of Division II and among the Top 10 in the NCAA regardless of Division.