West York High School grad Luke Hoffman finishes third in discus at NCAA Division II meet

Luke Hoffman

West York High School graduate Luke Hoffman is an All-American — again.

The Kutztown University sophomore finished third in the discus on Friday at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Texas A&M-Kingsville.

His top throw was 185 feet, 10 inches.

Hoffman opened the competition with a toss of 167-6, which was the sixth-longest throw among 21 competitors in the first round. He fell to 10th after his follow-up attempt traveled 163-8, but rallied to qualify for the finals by moving into seventh with a throw of 173-6 in round three.

Hoffman's best effort (185-10) came on his fourth try. That elevated the Golden Bear into the runner-up position, where he remained until the final round, when Texas A&M-Commerce senior Joseph Brown dramatically captured the national championship with a throw of 195-4.

Hoffman, who was 10th at nationals as a freshman and came into the 2019 meet seeded fourth, positioned himself as the national championship favorite heading into 2020. The two throwers who finished ahead of him are seniors.

He is Kutztown's first two-time discus All-American.

Brown jumped from third to first on his final attempt, while Richard Cervantes of host Texas A&M-Kingsville settled for second at 190-3.

Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.