Athlete of the Week: Blugolds T&F thrower David Kornack
David Kornack has begun his senior season in style. The UW-Eau Claire thrower won the shot put national title in the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships back on March 9th with the event’s longest throw in 36 years.
"When I threw it I thought I saw it land on the 18 meter line instead of the 20 meter line and so I just kind of stepped back out walked over to the side," said Blugolds senior thrower David Kornack. "I looked over at my coach, Roger (Steen). He had his hands up in air and was like, 'You did it!' And I'm like, 'I don't know what you're talking about?' I turned around and looked where they were marking and I was like, 'Oh, wow.' That one was out there."
Kornack’s winning throw went 19.83 meters. He now owns five of the event’s top-8 marks in NCAA Division III indoor history.
"It's coming to practice every day with a purpose," added Kornack. "Working hard. We come out here and we throw like 50-60 throws every day. Train really hard and then we go in and lift really hard. Honestly, that's what has made me to what I am today. I've always been big and strong, but it wasn't until this year until I really honed in on my technique and took practice really seriously and kind of got after it each day of practice. Tried to learn something new. That's definitely what I attribute my success to."
With his national championship performance Kornack was named the National Field Athlete of the Year by the USTFCCCA for the 2019 indoor season becoming the first Blugold to ever receive that award.
"It's pretty special because there's been a lot of really great guys that came here before me," said Kornack. "My coach, Roger (Steen), is one of them. I've been around great guys since I've been here. So, to be in there and to be the only one who's ever done it is pretty special to me and is definitely a pretty big surprise."
David Kornack helped lead UW-Eau Claire’s men’s track and field team to a 4th place finish in the national indoor meet. The Blugolds have placed top-6 in the country in each of the last eight seasons.