John McDonald
John  McDonald

Hometown:
New Providence, N.J.

High School:
New Providence

Event:
Throws

Birthdate:
01/24/1995

Experience:
Jr./So.


12/07/2013

Men's Track at Jack Pyrah Invitational

Villanova opened the 2013-14 indoor track & field season at the Jack Pyrah Invitational on December 7.

On McDonald: Has been a BIG EAST scorer in both the discus and the hammer during the outdoor season ... A veteran member of the Wildcats throwing group who has developed a great deal over the past two years ... A regular contributor during meets who is capable of helping the team at the BIG EAST level this year.

2015 Outdoor: Scored in both the discus and the hammer at the BIG EAST Championships to help Villanova successfully defend its team crown at the conference meet ... Set a personal best mark of 43.69 meters to finish eighth in the hammer at the BIG EAST meet ... Also finished eighth in the discus with a throw of 32.66 meters ... Competed a total of six times in the hammer and three times in the discus during the season ... Opened the season by finishing 10th in the hammer (39.52m) and 16th in the discus (32.88m) at the Philadelphia College Classic ... His mark in the discus at that meet was a season best ... Came in 16th in the hammer (36.66m) at the Danny Curran Invitational ... Finished 13th in the university section of the hammer (38.06m) at the Colonial Relays and was also 19th in the discus (31.28m) ... Notched first place finishes in the hammer at both the Delaware Open (39.67m) and the Delaware Classic (41.95m).

2014-15 Indoor: Did not compete at any meets.

2014 Outdoor: Competed in the hammer at the BIG EAST Championships and registered a 10th place finish with a throw of 37.33 meters ... Established a personal best in the event with a mark of 39.17 meters at the Delaware Classic, where he finished in fourth place ... Also threw the discus at that meet and placed eighth with a distance of 33.92 meters ... Debuted in the hammer at the Philadelphia College Classic and came in eighth (38.40m) ... Finished third at the Delaware Open (38.02m), placed 13th at the Danny Curran Invitational (34.58m) and was 14th at the Colonial Relays (33.56m).

2013-14 Indoor: Competed three times in the weight throw and had a top mark of 13.20 meters ... That came at the BIG EAST Championships, where he registered a ninth place finish ... Came in ninth in the weight throw at the Rutgers Invite (10.30m) and was 11th at the season-opening Jack Pyrah Invitational (11.23m).

New Providence High School: Came in 15th at the NJSIAA Group 1 championships in the discus with a throw of 36.17 meters ... Received his school's Entrepreneur Scholarship.

Personal: Born 1/24/95 ... One of three children of Kenneth and Megan McDonald ... Both parents are 1985 graduates of Villanova ... Has a brother, Sam, and a sister, Devon ... Enrolled in the Villanova School of Business.

PERSONAL BESTS

Weight Throw                 13.20 Meters         2014 BIG EAST Championships
Discus                       40.84 Meters         High School
Hammer                       43.69 Meters         2015 BIG EAST Championships

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