Personal Bests (as of June 2017):
Shot Put: 14.96 meters/49-1 feet
Weight Throw: 18.34 meters/60-2 feet (No. 6 all-time at MU)
Shot Put: 15.32 meters/50-3.25 feet
Discus: 55.73 meters/182-10 feet (No. 4 all-time at MU)
Hammer Throw: 49.46 meters/162-3 feet
Indoor (So.): Placed second at BIG EAST Championships in the weight throw, set a personal best and took sixth all-time at MU with a toss of 18.34 meters (60-2 feet) ... Took seventh place in the shot put at that same meet (14.64 meters (48-.5 feet) ... Won first place at the UW Parkside Fall Finale in the shot put with a 14.85-meter (48-8.75 feet) toss ... Placed second in the weight throw at the UW Parkside Finale in the weight throw (16.60 meters/54-5.5 feet) and placed second at the UW Parkside Classic in the same category with a throw of 17.41 meters/57-1.5 feet ... Placed third in both the weight throw (16.38 meters/53-9 feet) and shot put (14.96 meters/49-1 feet) at the John Tierney Classic, the latter being an indoor personal best.
Outdoor (So.): Competed in discus, shot put and hammer throw in his second outdoor season at MU ... Placecd fourth in the shot put (15.13 meters/49-7.75 feet), sixth in discus (40.94 meters/134-4 feet) and nineth in the hammer throw (39.27 meters/128-10 feet) at BIG EAST Championships ... Opened up the outdoor season with a third place finish in the discus (47.20 meters/154-10 feet) at the UCF Black and Gold Challenge ... Took second place in the shot put at Marquette Duals with a toss of 14.85 meters/48-8.75 feet ... Recorded fourth in the hammer throw at Marquette Duals (47.40 meters/155-6 feet).
Marquette Track & Field Team Freshman of the Year
All-BIG EAST, Shot Put/Discus/Hammer Throw
Sixth place at USATF Junior Championships in discus
Indoor (Fr.): Took fourth in the weight throw (14.70 meters/48-2.75) and fifth in the shot put (14.75 meters/48-4.85) in the BIG EAST Championships ... Placed fifth in the weight throw (14.58 meters/47-10) at the UW-Parkside Classic February 6 ... Went top-ten in the shot put and weight throw at both the UW Red & White Open and UNI Jack Jennett Invite.
Outdoor (Fr.): Placed sixth in the discus at the USATF Junior Championships with a personal-best throw of 55.73 meters (182 feet, 10 inches) ... Competed in the shot put, discus and hammer throw in the outdoor season ... Took second, third, and third again at the BIG EAST Championships in all three of his events ... His second-place throw in the shot put at the BIG EAST Championships was a personal-best (15.32 meters/50-3.25) ... Took third in the discus at the BIG EAST Championships and set a freshman record at MU with a distance of 51.97 meters/170-6 feet ... Hammer throw (47.79 meters/156-9) at the BIG EAST Championships took third overall and set a personal-best ... Took first in the discus at the USF Bulls Invitational (48.05 meters/157-8) and again at the Illinois Twilight (48.43/158-11), the latter being a personal-best.
Prior to Marquette: Howard was a five-year letterwinner in track and field and three-time letterwinner in football at Park Center High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota … Four-time district champion in the discus and three-time state qualifier … Won the state championship in the discus as a senior following a second place finish as a junior … Placed fourth at the state championships in the shot put as a senior … Holds the school (191 feet, 11 inches), conference (184 feet, 6 inches) and sectional record (179 feet, 11 incehs) in the discus … Discus PR of 191 feet, 11 inches is No. 4 in Minnesota state history … Named team MVP as a senior and earned school’s Male Athlete of the Year award, as well as the Northwest Suburban Conference Outstanding Athlete of the Year.
Personal: Howard was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and is the oldest of three children to Vickey Willis … Has one sister, Victoria, and one brother, Terrell … Mother still holds the Park Center school record in the shot put and discus and competed on the track and field team at Minnesota State-Mankato … Plans to major in exercise physiology.
BIG EAST Indoor Championships
Weight throw: 2nd (18.34 meters/60-2; No. 6 all-time at MU)
Shot put: 7th (14.64 meters/48-.5)
Weight throw: 4th (14.70 meters/48-2.75)
Shot put: 5th (14.75 meters/48-4.75)
BIG EAST Outdoor Championships
Shot put: 4th (15.13 meters/49-7.75)
Discus: 6th (40.94 meters/134-4)
Hammer throw: 9th (39.27 meters/128-10)
Shot put: 2nd (15.32 meters/50-3.25)
Discus: 3rd (47.18 meters/154-9)
Hammer throw: 3rd (47.49 meters/156-9)