Fournette, a graduate student from New Orleans, threw 63-4 ¾ to win the men’s shot put, posting a mark that bettered his previous best by almost five inches and improved his NCAA qualifying stock as he firmed up a grip on the No. 14 ranking nationally.
McDaniel, a sophomore from Tomball, Texas, bettered her previous best by 14 inches while soaring 20-5 ¼ in the women’s long jump. She also posted a personal best with an 11.91 in the 100-meter dash, finishing second, and was third for NSU in the 200 at 24.63, near her personal record.
The NSU Invitational dates back to at least the late 1970s and was renamed in 2011 to honor the since-retired legendary track and field coach at Northwestern, Leon Johnson, who served as an official for the high jump at Saturday’s meet.