Did not compete.
Competed in the shot put at the Big Ten Championships ... Took third in the shot put at the Illinois Invitational with a personal-best mark of 50-7 ... Marked a personal-best 49-2 in the weight throw at the Hoosier Hills Invitational ... Took fourth in the weight throw at the Illinois Invitational.
State champion in the discus in 2006, also placing second in the shot put ... Qualified for the state meet in the discus four times and in the shot put twice ... Lettered in track and field for four years and in football for three ... All-state football player as a senior.
Full name is Russell Andrew Ward ... Born June 20, 1988 ... Son of Dean and Sandra Ward ... Has one sister, Emily ... Majoring in crop science ... Hobbies include hunting and fishing.
Shot Put: 50-7 (15.24m)
Weight Throw: 49-2 (15.00m)