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Roberson captures national discus title

Roberson captures national discus title

June 18th, 2019 by News Tribune in Sports Prep

Devin Roberson celebrates with Jefferson City teammate Corey Suttle during his run to the Class 5 state discus title last month in Columbia.

Photo by Jason Strickland /News Tribune.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Devin Roberson is no longer just a state champion in the boys discus. Now he's a national champion.

Roberson bested 44 other competitors Sunday at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor, hosted by North Carolina A&T. The Jefferson City High School graduate posted a winning throw of 210 feet, 4 inches.

Jacob Lemmon, of Fort Myers (Fla.) High School, finished a distant second in the competition with a toss of 192-2.

Last year's winner, Sam Welsh of Lunenburg, Mass., had a throw of 203-11. Welsh was named an All-American earlier this month at Harvard.

Roberson, who will compete next season with the Missouri track and field team, was a two-time state champion in the boys discus. He set the all-class record at the Class 5 state track and field championships May 25 in Columbia with a throw of 218-4, winning by more than 30 feet.

During the 2019 season, Roberson broke Jefferson City's school record in the discus multiple times. He first broke the school record of 202-11 — set by Russ Bell in 1999 — with a throw of 205-3 at the Ladue Invitational.

Roberson broke his own record May 11 in the Class 5 District 6 meet at Blue Springs with a throw of 206-1.

At the state meet, Roberson threw 213-10 prior to his final throw of 218-4, breaking the school record four times.