- class Senior
- High school Genoa Area High School
SP: 19.85m | DT: 53.38m | HT: 45.71m | WT: 17.23m
2014 SEC Shot Put Champion
2014 NCAA All-American (Shot Put)
Outdoor – Finsihed fourth at SEC Championships … Recorded a personal-best mark of 64’3″/19.58M at the Tennessee Challenge.
Indoor – SEC Shot Put Champion … Earned All-America honors in the shot put, finishing fifth with a then personal-best mark of 64’9.25″/19.51M.
Outdoor – NCAA Championship competitor where he missed the final by one spot and three inches with an outdoor season-best throw 18.57 meters / 60 feet 11.25 inches to finish 10th overall … Made the NCAA Championships in the shot put with a clutch then-season-best throw 18.33m/60’1.75 at East Prelims on the final attempt of the final … Competed in shot put, discus and hammer throw … UK’s shot put leader with season best 18.15 meters / 59′ 6.75″ having been recorded in event win at home meet Heart of the Bluegrass Classic … Also won shot put competition at Kentuckiana Border Battle … PR discus throw 46.27M/ 151′ 10″ was recorded at UC-San Diego Triton Invitational … Season-best hammer throw 56.94M/186’10” came at USF Bulls Invitational.
Indoor – UK’s top performer in the shot put … Fourth-place finisher at the SEC Championships … PR shot put 18.83M/ 61’9.5″ came at SECs … That mark ranked less than a half-foot short of a NCAA National Championship berth … Won the Hoosier Open and Kentucky Invitational shot put.
Outdoor – One of the team’s top throwers with the Kentucky’s best shot put mark coming at the Florida Relays (16.62 meters / 54’06.50″) … Also registered in the team’s top three in discus and hammer throw … Competed in the USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships shot put in Bloomington, Ind., finising 13th … Mark of 16.62M / 54’06.50″ was his best throw of 2012.
Indoor – Had the team’s best shot put of the indoor season on his home track at the SEC Championships (16.35M/53’07.75″) … Produced the team’s second-best weight throw (15.92M / 52’02.75″) at the Rod McCravy Memorial.
Finished first in the weight throw at the state indoor track meet of Ohio as a senior … Finished in first in district division II in the shot put as a senior, and won the division II regional meet as well … Won the state championship in division II in the shot put as a senior … Owns the Genoa High School shot put record (64 feet, 4.5 inches) … Finished in second in district division II in the discus, and fifth at the division II regional meet … Finished in fourth in districts in the discus as a junior … Finished sixth at regionals, that same year, in the discus … Qualified for the 2010 USA Outdoor Junior Nationals in the hammer throw, where he finished 25th … Lettered in track as a junior and senior … Played basketball as a freshman and sophomore and played football as a freshman, sophomore and junior … Football team won the SLL Championship during his junior year, where he was a first team All-Suburban Lakes League offensive lineman.
Son of Andrew and Julie Szypka … Has one older sister, Shana, who was a pitcher for four years at Toledo.