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Malone University senior thrower Duke Taylor saved the best discus toss of his career for his final collegiate meet.
The East Canton graduate claimed the first individual NCAA Division II National Championship in Pioneer athletics history on May 26 by winning the discus competition at the national meet with an incredible heave of 192'10. The event was held at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
The performance, which came on his second throw of the day, surpassed Taylor's previous personal-best and the Great Midwest Athletic Conference record of 185' 9" that he recorded on May 12 at Grand Valley State University's 2nd to Last Chance Meet.
Taylor's historic discus performance made him the first three-time Division II All-American in Pioneer history.
Taylor previously earned All-America accolades with an eighth-place finish in the weight throw at the 2017 Indoor National Championships and a third-place performance in the discus at last year's Outdoor Championships.
Taylor is the first individual national champion for Malone since Justin Lower claimed the NAIA Men's Golf National Title in 2010.