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Alumnus Picks Up Javelin Once Again, Qualifies for Division II NCAA Championships 

Editor's Note: This story was written before Tyler Delgado '19 competed in the javelin at the NCAA Division II track championships. He finished fifth, earning All-America status, with a throw of 68.78 meters (225 feet, 8 inches).

Tyler Delgado ’19 had not competed in the javelin since his days at Loomis Chaffee. 

But this year, as a graduate student at Assumption University in Worcester, Mass., he picked up the javelin once again, and now he is competing in the NCAA Division II National Track & Field Championship as the 15th seed. The championships are May 23–25 at Emporia State in Kansas. 

In his second meet of this season, Tyler broke a 52-year-old Assumption record in the javelin. His throw of 62.17 (204 feet) bettered the previous mark by nearly a meter. He continued to improve during the outdoor season, with his best throw (64.48 meters) in late April at the Virginia Challenge, placing him sixth, behind only athletes from Power Five (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC) Division I schools. Tyler finished second at the Northeast 10 Conference Championships and third at the New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association (NEICAAA) Championships in May. 

After graduating from Loomis, Tyler attended Monmouth University, where he played football, a sport he also played for the Pelicans. For LC, he had 28 sacks in 20 games as a linebacker and was first- or second-team all-conference three years.  

With one year of college athletic eligibility remaining, he transferred from Monmouth to Assumption, where he played football and returned to the javelin. 

Knowing his history, there is little surprise he has been successful despite the lengthy layoff. At the spring varsity athletic awards in 2019 at Loomis, he was named the most valuable player for the boys track and field team. In announcing that award, Head Coach Scott Purdy said Tyler “led in every way this year, vocally as a captain, physically as an athlete. ... Tyler broke his own school record in the javelin this year, going undefeated in the event over the past two years. He also won Founders and New England titles in the shot put.” 

And then this anecdote that tells you much about Tyler’s determination. 

“Additionally,” noted Scott, “he made me question my coaching and talent-scouting abilities after I laughed at him when he suggested mid-year that he try the long jump. He pushed through my laughter to win the long jump at the Founders Championships while I looked in the parking lot for my dignity. Tyler was a great athlete, and great role model this year. He looked out for his teammates, he pushed himself, and he made us the team we became.” 

Looks like Tyler, from Westfield, Mass., is still pushing himself.    


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