(Editor's note: MSUB Athletics release)
PORTLAND, Ore. – The fourth-longest javelin throw in Montana State University Billings history was good enough to earn senior Beau Ackerman the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Field Athlete of the Week award announced by the conference office on Monday.
Competing for the first time since the 2018 season, when he placed fifth at the NCAA Championships to earn All-American status, Ackerman unleashed a toss of 220-7 feet to win the event at the Yellowjackets’ debut outdoor meet of the 2021 season. “It’s great to have Beau competing again,” said MSUB head coach Jonathan Woehl. “He has put in a ton of work and improved so much over the years. His teammates look up to him and follow his work ethic, and he is an all-around great athlete and great teammate.”
Ackerman’s throw was a provisional qualifying mark for the NCAA Championships, and was the second-longest toss by any Division II athlete in the country this season.
The 2018 GNAC champion in the javelin, Ackerman’s personal best mark of 226-10 feet in the javelin stands as the fourth-best in conference history. Ackerman holds the top-five javelin throws in MSUB history and eight of the top-10 all-time marks.
This is Ackerman’s first-career GNAC Athlete of the Week award, and it is the first of the season for the Yellowjacket track and field team.
MSUB is next in action at the Yellow Jacket Spring Open, hosted by Black Hills State University on March 27 in Spearfish, South Dakota.