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Dan-ecdotes: Jacobson to throw in national meet

Travis Jacobson will showcase his skills at the national level this weekend. The Pequot Lakes graduate will represent Hamline University of St. Paul in the shot put at the NCAA Division-III National Meet on Friday, May 27, and he is excited to sh...

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Travis Jacobson will showcase his skills at the national level this weekend.

The Pequot Lakes graduate will represent Hamline University of St. Paul in the shot put at the NCAA Division-III National Meet on Friday, May 27, and he is excited to share the experience with two of his shot-putting teammates.

"I have two teammates coming with me - Chase Duwenhoegger and Eric Dols," Jacobson said. "To have a couple of buddies coming and throwing with me is great. It's going to feel like practice."

The Hamline sophomore - son of Teresa Carter and Tim Jacobson - joined the Patriots track team as a high jumper in his early years of high school, but soon turned his focus to the throwing events.

"I like the competition, along with being around my friends and teammates and having some fun," Jacobson said. "You also get to let out a little aggression when you are throwing around a big old 16-pound ball."

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He made it to the section meet in sophomore year, then advanced to the state meet - coincidentally at Hamline University - in his junior year. As a senior, his best throw came within four inches of a school record.

"That sort of gave me some motivation going into college," he said.

He joined Hamline as a two-sport athlete - playing football as well his freshman year - but a concussion made him turn his focus to track and field, where he also competes in the hammer throw.

In that event, he improved on his personal best from last year by nearly 30 feet, and is currently ranked 26th in the nation.

"(My track and field career) couldn't be going better, compared to what I expected," Jacobson said. "I did not expect to be where I am now, and I give a lot of credit to my family, friends, teammates and everyone around me."

His career reached its current peak on Friday, May 13, as he finished first in the shot put at the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Outdoor Championship, throwing 55 feet, 9.25 inches, ranking him ninth in Division-III.

"It was an amazing experience," Jacobson said. "The weather was quite crappy, but I got in the zone and piggybacked on good performances by my teammates. I let off a good throw, yelled a bit and had some fun."

At the meet, Jacobson was seeded by rival and St. Thomas University thrower Matt Schauer, and he took that as motivation.

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"His throws are always our goal to beat," Jacobson said. "He threw it 16.97 (meters) the week before conference, so in our minds, 17 was what we were shooting for. My second throw in finals was 17 meters even, and I couldn't have been happier."

In his last two years of eligibility, Jacobson hopes to get stronger each year. He is currently ranked sixth all-time in shot put at Hamline and he believes he is fifth in the hammer throw, and those are leaderboards he will look to climb as a junior and senior.

"I want to be in the top 3 in every MIAC meet we have, indoor and outdoor," Jacobson said. "I want to score some points for my team.

"I expected to be close to nationals this year, but I did not expect to be ninth. Now being one of the top dogs, I want to score some points for the team there as well."

Pequot Lakes graduate Travis Jacobson, shown working at last year's Class A state meet, will represent Hamline at the NCAA Division-III national meet. File photo by Pete Mohs
Pequot Lakes graduate Travis Jacobson, shown working at last year's Class A state meet, will represent Hamline at the NCAA Division-III national meet. File photo by Pete Mohs

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Dan Determan has been a reporter for the Echo Journal since 2014, primarily covering sports at Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus
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