Jeuschede Optimistc For NCAA Championships
AMES, Iowa – True freshman shot-putter Jan Jeuschede has saved some of his best throws for when it matters most. Jeuschede threw back-to-back personal-bests at the Big 12 Championships and the NCAA West Regional.
Jeuschede’s throw of 59-11.25 earned him 11th-place at the regional meet and a berth at the NCAA Championships this weekend in Eugene, Oregon.
“I told Jan that if he threw 60-00, he had a really good chance to make it,” Iowa State throws coach Grant Wall said. “The rings were wet due to weather in Austin and it basically came down to who was going to show up and compete. He rose to the occasion when it mattered most.”
Coming out of high school, the Rosrath, Germany native, knew he wanted to throw in the states because it’s easier to play sports and go to school because everything is incorporated into one school. In Germany, everything is club sports and entirely separate from the university.
“There was an organization I signed up for that helps promote German athletes and get them recruited by schools in the U.S.,” Jeuschede said. “A few different schools expressed interest in me and contacted me via email.”
Coach Wall and Iowa State were one of those schools. Jeuschede narrowed it down to a few schools he liked and decided that Iowa State had the best offer.
“It seemed like the best fit for me, both athletically and academically,” Jeuschede said.
Jeuschede has improved steadily over the course of the outdoor season. He started the year taking first place at the Stanford Invitational with a throw of 57-00.75 and hasn’t looked back since, improving each meet leading up to the Big 12 Championships.
“Jan came in here already a pretty qualified thrower,” Wall said. “He put in the work and I think anytime you experience some success right away, it’s huge. We want to keep the confidence going into NCAAs and the rest of the summer.”
Jeuschede had high praise for his coaches and teammates helping make his transition smooth, as he set the bar high for himself right when he got to Ames.
“Some people struggle with the transition to a heavier shot put, but I made the transition relatively easy,” Jeuschede said. “I have really high expectations for myself. Some of the girl throwers like Danielle (Frere) and Hayli (Bozarth) have really helped to show me the hard work needed to be successful.”
Jeuschede heads to Eugene optimistic that he can make some noise in the shot put ring.
“If I hit a good throw at nationals I might be able to sneak into the finals,” Jeuschede said. “My goal is to just get better and PR again. The throws I’ve had haven’t really felt that great and I definitely think there’s still some left in the tank. “
After the NCAA Championships, Jeuschede’s ultimate goal is to qualify for the European Athletics U-23 Championships July 11-14 in Tampere, Finland. He has plans to fly home after the NCAA meet and compete in the German National Championships to meet the qualification standard for the U-23 Championships.