A two-time top-five Pac-10 finisher ... boasts an indoor discus best of 188-5 that would rank eighth all-time at UW if duplicated outdoors ... sat out the 2003 season after breaking both wrists in a weightlifting accident ... came to UW on a football scholarship.
2004-05: Placed fifth in the discus at the Pac-10 meet with a toss of 178-2 ... lifetime-best outdoor throw of 178-10 won the Sun Angel Classic, and was just four feet shy of UW's all-time top-10 ... placed 10th in the event at the NCAA Regional ... threw the discus once indoors, achieving a mark of 188-5 at the Vandal Indoor ... earned Academic All-Pac-10 honorable mention.
2003-04: Opened the season by adding 23 feet to his personal best with a throw of 173-5 at the Salzman Invite in March ... topped 170 again at the Pac-10 meet with a throw of 171-9, good for fourth ... finished fourth or better in eight of 10 discus competitions in 2004 ... placed 14th in the discus at the NCAA West Regional ... for dual-meet purposes, also competed once each in the hammer and high jump ... sat out the indoor season with an injury.
2002-03: Retired from football in the spring of 2003 in order to focus solely on track ... redshirted the track season to work further with first-year throws coach Bud Rasmussen ... competed unattached in the discus at the Ken Foreman Invitational, notching a mark of 157-2 ... threw the shot twice indoors, with a best mark of 48-4 3/4 at the UW Indoor Preview.
2001-2002: Ranked second for UW in the shot put and discus ... won the shot put at the Salzman Invitational with season-best throw of 49-3 1/2 ... closed the season with three-straight top-five finishes, including a second-place finish in the discus at the Ken Foreman Invite ... threw the shot four times indoors, with a best mark of 48-6 1/4 in a third-place finish at the UW Indoor Qualifier in March.
High School and Personal: parents are Gail, a teacher, and Roy, a pastor and former football player at Idaho ... uncle, Ernie, participated in track and football at UW and earned a Super Bowl ring with the St. Louis Rams ... aunt, Pauline Thomas, was an Olympic Trials competitor in the shot put ... second of four siblings ... earned state shot put title in 2000 with a heave of 56-7 ... notched three other top-five state finishes in prep career, including a third-place finish in the discus in 2000, and second- and fourth-place finishes, respectively, in the shot put and discus in 2001 ... was a three-time champion at the Pasco Invitational, claiming shot put titles in 2000 and 2001, and the discus crown in 2001 ... also competed in the triple jump and high jump ... in football, led team to a 29-8 record and three state tournament appearances in three varsity seasons ... a first-team selection to the prestigious Long Beach Press-Telegram's "Best in the West" team ... an All-State pick by the AP and the Seattle Times ... sported a 3.6 GPA in high school.
UW Career Bests
Shot Put....... 49-3 1/2/48-6 1/4
Conwell news and features:
State colleges report: Switching sports doesn't throw UW's Conwell - Seattle Times (April 20, 2005)