Renard first Army All-American since 2011

By Nick Lovera Army Athletic Communications

 Army West Point junior Michael Renard placed 14th in the discus throw at the NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas, earning him Second Team All-American honors. The junior posted a personal record distance of 57.28 meters, becoming the first Black Knight to earn All-America honors since Domonick Sylve placed 11th in the 110-meter hurdles in 2011. Photo by Army Athletic Communications

Army West Point junior Michael Renard placed 14th in the discus throw at the NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas, earning him Second Team All-American honors.
The junior posted a personal record distance of 57.28 meters, becoming the first Black Knight to earn All-America honors since Domonick Sylve placed 11th in the 110-meter hurdles in 2011.
The achievement marks the conclusion of a tremendous year for the Army throws program, one that was highlighted by four program records set in the outdoor season.
Renard’s achievement in the national event was the first by a discus thrower in program history, and the first All-American performance by an Army thrower since Adam Burke claimed the honor in back-to-back javelin finals in 2003 and 2004.
Texas Tech’s Eric Kicinski claimed the individual title with a top mark of 62.53 meters.

Coach’s Corner: Head Coach Mike Smith
“The performances that happened here tonight and over the last two days have been some of the best performances in the history of collegiate track and field and multiple performances have been among the best in the world. The competition is incredible.
“In the midst of all of that, Mike Renard, a walk on that came to West Point and asked to join our team, held his own against some incredible competition. It has been quite a journey for him. His high school marks were unremarkable, he carried no accolades, was not recruited, and really the only reason we took him was that he was 6’5” and had a nice wing span.
“He might have been 200 lbs. with all of his gear on when he came out of beast as a plebe, so there was just no way that you could have predicted that I would be talking about him today. Three years and 60 pounds later, here we are. He is one of the best discus guys in the NCAA. How do you explain that?
“The lesson for us in all of this is that you just can’t discount character when it comes to the types of kids that we get at West Point. They are wired to achieve and overcome and that is what he has done.
“Mike wanted to be good and he set his mind to it and tonight he is a Second Team All-American. That has not happened very often at Army, so I am happy for him and proud of what he and Coach Angelo Posillico have been able to accomplish.
“He was very composed out there and really, as I think about it, he was focused and relaxed all week. He opened with a personal best mark and followed that up with another personal best. You can’t really ask for much more than that.
“The margin of excellence here is very thin and you have to be on your game and Mike was at his best when it counted. He has done more than just improve on his personal best, he has elevated our program. I am really proud of him.”