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Danny Block
Danny Block

Class:
Graduated

Hometown:
Hanover Park, Ill.

High School:
Lake Park

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 235

Event:
Throws

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Eligibility (Indoor/Outdoor): Senior/Senior

Notables
• School record-holder in the shot put (65-7 1/2 (20.00m))
• School record-holder in the discus (200-4)
• 2014 First-team All American (shot put)
• 2013 Big Ten champion (shot put)
• 2013 First-team All American (shot put)
• 2012 Big Ten champion (discus)
• 2012 Second-team All-American (discus)
• 2012 NCAA West Preliminary Round qualifier (shot put, discus)
• Finished 3rd in discus at 2009 USA Junior Championships
• Finished 13th in discus at 2008 IAAF World Junior Championships

At Wisconsin
2014 Indoor:
At the NCAA championships (3/15), placed seventh in the shot put with a heave of 63-7 3/4 (19.40m) to earn All-America honors ... finished runner-up in the shot put with a heave of 62-10 (19.15m) at the Big Ten championships (2/28-3/1) ... at the Red & White Open (2/21), won the shot put with a season-best throw of 64-1 3/4 (19.55m) ... finished third in the shot put with a heave of 60-7 3/4 (18.48m) at the Tyson Invitational (2/14-15) ... placed second in the shot put with a season-best throw of 62-8 3/4 (19.12m) at the Armory Collegiate Invitational (2/8) ... at the Wisconsin Elite Invitational (1/25), making his season debut, finished runner-up in the shot put with a heave of 61-6 1/4 (18.75m)

2014 Outdoor:
Tossed the discus 182-2 (55.53m) at the NCAA Championships (6/13) for an 18th place finish ... threw the discus 186-10 (56.96m) for a 10th place finish at the NCAA West Preliminary (5/29) ... at the NCAA West Preliminary (5/31), registered a shot put throw of 59-2 1/2 (18.04m), which placed 13th ... scored for the Badgers in the shot put with a sixth-place finish with a heave of 61-0 1/4 (18.60m) and was seventh in the discus with a toss of 178-11 1/2 (54.55m) at the Big Ten championships (5/16-5/18) ... won the shot put with a throw of 59-4 3/4 (18.10m)at the Wisconsin Open (5/10) and was third in the discus with a heave of 187-6 (57.14m) ... at the Triton Invitational (4/26), finished ninth in the shot put with a season-best heave of 62-0 1/4 (18.90m) and 13th in the discus with a season-best throw of 191-3 (58.29m) ... won the discus with a throw of 180-10 (55.13m) and finished fifth in the shot put with a heave of 56-11 1/2 (17.36m) at the Spec Towns Invitational (4/11-12) ... at the Florida Relays (4/4-5), making his outdoor season debut, placed third in the discus with a throw of 180-2 (54.92m) and ninth in the shot put with a heave of 56-10 (17.32m)

2013 Indoor: Finished third in the shot put at the NCAA championships (3/8) with a personal-best and school-record throw of 65-7 1/2 (20.00m), earning first-team All-America honors ... won the Big Ten title in the shot put with a personal-best and school-record heave of 63-7 3/4 (19.40m) at the Big Ten championships, earning All-Big Ten honors (2/22) ... won the shot put with a personal-best and school-record toss of 63-5 1/2 (19.34m) at the Red & White Open (2/15) ... finished second in the shot put with a season-best heave of 61-11 (18.87m) at the Cyclone Classic (2/9) ... won the shot put at the Squig Converse Invitational (2/1) with a throw of 58-4 3/4 (17.80m) ... making his season debut, won the shot put with a toss of 58-6 (17.83m) at the Bill Bergan Invitational (1/26)

2013 Outdoor:
Earned first-team All-America honors with a sixth-place finish in the shot put at the NCAA championships (6/5) with a throw of 61-11 3/4 (18.89m) ... was ninth in the shot put with a throw of 60-5 1/4(18.42m) and 15th in the discus with a toss of 181-2 (55.23m) at the NCAA West Preliminary (5/23-24) ... was runner-up in the shot put at the Big Ten championships with a throw of 63-4 1/4 (19.31m), earning All-Big Ten laurels (5/12) ... claimed fourth in the discus at the Big Ten championships (5/11) with a heave of 188-2 (57.37m) ... won the shot put with a heave of 60-9 1/4 (18.52m) and finished runner up in the discus with a throw of 191-6 (58.36m)at the Wisconsin Open (5/4) ... at the Triton Invitational (4/25-27), placed seventh in the discus with a personal-best and school-record throw of 200-4 (61.06m) and finished fifth in the shot put with a heave of 61-3 1/2 (18.68m) ... with a heave of 185-4 (56.49m), placed third in the discus at the Spec Towns Invitational (4/13) ... also finished fourth in the shot put with a career-best toss of 62-3 3/4 (18.99m) ... won the discus at the Yellow Jacket Invitational (3/30) with a heave of 174-7 (53.21m) ... finished 11th in the discus with a throw of 159-7 (48.64m) at the Alabama Relays (3/23)

2012 Indoor: Finished second at the Big Ten championships (2/24) with a personal-best heave of 62-0 1/2 (18.91m) in the shot put ... with a toss of 61-7 3/4 (18.79m), took the win in the shot put at the Red & White Open (2/17) ... tossed 61-7 1/2 (18.78m) to take the win in the shot put at the UW-Platteville Invitational (2/11)... finished first in the weight throw with a toss of 58-8 (17.88m) and finished second in the shot put with a heave of 60-6 (18.44m) at the Badger Track Classic (1/14) ... claimed first in the weight throw with a heave of 60-3 3/4 (18.38m) and finished first in the shot put with a toss of 59-8 1/4 (18.19m) at the Wisconsin Invitational (1/21) ...took second in the shot put with a throw of 60-4 1/2 (18.40m) at the Frank Sevigne Invitational (2/4) ...with a heave of 58-2 (17.73m), finished second in the shot put at the Bill Bergan Invitational (1/28)

2012 Outdoor: Earned his first Big Ten title in the discus with a personal-best effort of 195-8 (59.64m) at the Big Ten championships (5/12) ... earned second-team All-America honors with a 12th-place finish in the discus at the NCAA championships (6/6), throwing 187-9 (57.24m) ... qualified for the NCAA championships with a throw of 185-11 (56.68m) in the discus at the NCAA West Preliminary Round (5/26) and also placed 27th in the shot put with a mark of 56-4 1/2 (17.18m) ... placed ninth in the shot put with a personal-best mark of 60-3 3/4 (18.38m) at the Triton Invitational (4/28) to elevate his No. 5 all-time UW mark and also took fifth in the discus with a throw of 188-9 (57.53m) ... with a toss of 60-2 1/2 (18.35m), took the win in the shot put at the Musco Twilight Invitational (4/21) ... earned the win in the shot put at the Wisconsin Open (5/5) with a toss of 60-3 1/4 (18.37m) and also finished runner-up in the discus with a mark of 191-2 (58.28m) ... came in eighth in the hammer throw and finished with a personal-best toss of 184-1 (56.10m) which ranks No. 2 all-time in Wisconsin history and also finished runner-up in the discus with a mark of 186-5 (56.81m) at the Stanford Invitational (4/6-7)... took the win in the discus with a toss of 186-10 (56.95m) and also picked up another top-five finish in the shot put, coming in fourth with a heave of 56-8 3/4 (17.29m) in the shot put at the SEC/Big Ten Challenge (3/23)

2011 Indoor: Won the weight throw with personal-best mark of 56-11 1/2 and won shot put with personal-best throw of 59-7 1/2 at Wisconsin Elite Invitational (1/29) ... won the weight throw (56-0 1/2) and finished second in the shot put (57-2 1/2) at the Badger Track Classic (1/15) ... took third in the shot put with a throw of 53-9 3/4 (16.50m) and seventh in the weight throw with a distance of 55-9 1/4 (17.00m) at the Illini Classic (1/22) ... won the shot put at the Red & White Open (2/18) with a throw of 53-10 1/4 (16.41m)

2011 Outdoor: Finished fifth in the shot put at the Big Ten championships (5/15), throwing 57-3 1/2 (17.46m) ... also finished ninth in discus at the Big Ten meet (5/14) with mark of 160-1 (48.79m) ... improved school record in discus four times in a span of six weeks from April 2 to May 6 ... won invitational discus with school-record throw of 192-6 (58.68) at Wisconsin Twilight Invitational (5/6) ... finished eighth (first among collegians) with then-record mark of 192-5 (58.65m) at Triton Invitational (4/22) ... placed fifth in discus at Texas Relays with a then-record throw of 188-0 (57.30m) ... won discus at Florida Relays by throwing 186-0 (56.70), to match then-UW school record ... won the discus with a throw of 173-6 (52.88m) ... finished runner-up in discus at Drake Relays (4/30) with throw of 182-10 (55.72m)

High School
Placed 13th at the 2008 IAAF World Junior Championships in the shot put ... runner-up in the shot put at the 2008 USA Junior Outdoor Championships ... finished third in the discus at the 2009 USA Junior Outdoor Championships at 191-6 (58.36m) ... set all-time USATF Junior Olympic national intermediate discus record at 179-1 (54.58m) in 2007 ... 2007 USATF Junior Olympic champion in the intermediate shot put and discus ... won Illinois AAA indoor state championship in the shot put as a senior ... won Illinois AAA outdoor state championship in the shot put and discus as a senior ... 2009 Illinois Gatorade Track and Field Athlete of the Year ... 2009 Chicago Tribune/WGN Athlete of the Year and May 2009 Athlete of the Month ... 2009 Illinois Senior Spotlight Meet champion in the shot put and discus ... set IHSA all-time best shot put record with a toss of 66-3 ... set IHSA all-time best discus record with a throw of 208-11 ... Illinois AA indoor and outdoor state champion in the shot put as a junior ... Illinois AA outdoor state champion in the discus as a sophomore ... finished second as a junior in the discus and runner-up in the shot put as a sophomore at the Illinois AA outdoor state championships ... conference champion in the discus as a freshman ... high school coach: Bob Nihells ... three-time honor roll member ... played basketball as a freshman ... pre-collegiate bests: Shot put (66-3 (20.19m)); discus (208-11 (63.67m))

Personal
Parents are Randy and Cathy Block ... has four brothers, Jonathan, Tom, Scott and Greg ... brother Scott competed as a thrower at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville from 2006-09 and is currently the program's throws coach ... intended major is sociology

Personal Bests
Indoor Outdoor
Shot Put 65-7 1/2 (20.00m) 3-08-13 Shot Put 63-4 1/4 (19.31m) 5-12-13
Weight Throw 60-3 3/4 (18.38m) 1-21-12 Discus 200-4 (61.06m) 4-25-13
Hammer Throw 184-1 (56.10m) 4-7-12

School Records
Shot Put - (65-7 1/2 (20.00m))
Discus - (192-6 (58.68m))

First-Team All-America Honors (3)
2014 - Indoor (1)
Shot Put: 7th (63-7 3/4 (19.40m))

2013 - Indoor (1)

Shot Put: 3rd (65-7 1/2 (20.00m))

2013 - Outdoor (1)
Shot Put: 6th (61-11 3/4 (18.89m))

Second-Team All-America Honors (2)

2014 - Outdoor (1)
Discus: 18th (182-2 (55.53m))

2012 - Outdoor (1)

Discus: 12th (187-9 (59.64m))

All-Big Ten Honors (5)
2014 - Indoor (1)
Shot Put: 2nd (62-10 (19.15m))

2013 - Indoor (1)
Shot Put: 1st (63-7 3/4 (19.40m))

2013 - Outdoor (1)
Shot Put: 2nd (63-4 1/4 (19.31m))

2012 - Indoor (1)

Shot Put: 2nd (62-0 1/2 (18.91m))

2012 - Outdoor (1)
Discus: 1st (195-8 (59.64m))

At the NCAA Championships
2014 - Outdoor
Discus: 18th (182-2 (53.53m))

2014 - Indoor
Shot Put: 7th (63-7 3/4 (19.40m))

2013 - Indoor
Shot Put: 3rd (65-7 1/2 (20.00m))

2013 - Outdoor (1)
Shot Put: 6th (61-11 3/4 (18.89m))

2012 - Outdoor

Discus: 12th (187-9 (57.23m))

At the NCAA Preliminary Round
2014 - West Preliminary Round
Discus: 10th (186-10 (56.96m))
Shot Put: 13th (59-2 1/4 (18.04m))

2013 - West Preliminary Round
Discus: 15th (182-2 (55.23m))
Shot Put: 9th (60-5 1/4 (18.42m))

2012 - West Preliminary Round
Discus: 12th (185-11 (56.68m))
Shot Put: 27th (56-4 1/2 (17.18m))

2011 Outdoor- West Preliminary Round
Discus: 24th (170-10 (52.06m))

At the Big Ten Championships
2014 - Indoor
Shot Put: 2nd (62-10 (19.15m))

2013 - Outdoor
Discus: 7th (178-11 1/2 (54.55m))
Shot Put: 6th (61-0 1/4 (18.60m))


2013 - Indoor
Shot Put: 1st (63-7 3/4 (19.40m))

2013 - Outdoor
Discus: 4th (188-2 (57.37m))
Shot Put: 2nd (63-4 1/4 (19.31m))


2012 - Indoor

Shot Put: 2nd (62-0 1/2 (18.91m)

2012 - Outdoor
Discus: 1st 195-8 (59.64m)
Shot Put: 8th 58-8 (17.88m)

2011 - Indoor
Shot Put: Foul

2011 - Outdoor
Shot Put: 5th (57-3 1/2 (17.46m))
Discus: 9th (160-1 (48.79m))

Other Notable Performances

2013 Triton Invitational
Discus: 7th (200-4 (61.06m) - school record

2011 Wisconsin Twilight Invitational
Discus: 1st (192-6 (58.68m)) - Then-school record

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