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Kent State redshirt senior Reggie Jagers III completed a stellar collegiate career by finishing second in the discus with a school-record heave of 205-1 at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor National Championships on Friday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
Jagers improved on his seventh-place finish from last year with a toss that beat his personal best by nearly three feet, and earned First Team All-American honors for the second straight season. He ends his KSU career as a five-time All-American.
The former Solon High School star led the event heading into the final round, but Virginia senior Filip Mihaljevic unleashed a heave of 209-2 on his final throw to claim the national title. Jordan Young of Virginia took third (203-2). Reggie's brother, Akron senior Phillip Jagers, finished 16th (182-10).
Golden Flashes sophomore AJ Stevens also earned First Team All-America honors by finishing seventh in the triple jump on Friday. Making his first appearance at the NCAA National Championships, Stevens leaped 52-6 to become the third male student-athlete in Kent State history to earn All-America honors in the outdoor triple jump.
Flashes freshman TJ Lawson, a former Stow High School star, took ninth place in the decathlon on Thursday to earn Second Team All-America recognition.
Lawson, the only freshman in the 24-man field, tallied a career-best 7,725 points. Lawson set personal-records in the 110-meter hurdles (14.80), the 1,500 meters (4:34.11), the high jump (6-10.75, 3rd place) and the long jump (24-4.5, 6th place).
Lawson is Kent State's first All-American in the decathlon since Brandon Falconer accomplished the feat in 1998.