Grant Cartwright added another accomplishment to an already stellar college career for the University of Michigan men's track and field team by reaching the NCAA Division I outdoor championships this season.

The 2013 Olentangy Liberty High School graduate threw 59 feet, 9 inches in the shot put to finish 22nd of 24 competitors June 7 in Eugene, Oregon.

"I was really excited to make it," Cartwright said. "My first (NCAA) indoor meet was mind-blowing and I felt very blessed and very humbled, and making the outdoor nationals was the real show."

A redshirt junior, Cartwright advanced to the outdoor championships with a throw of 61-11 to place eighth of 24 competitors in the NCAA East preliminary meet May 26 in Lexington, Kentucky. The top 12 advanced.

Cartwright also finished 22nd in the hammer throw (208-6) and 24th in the discus (177-8) at the preliminary meet.

He was runner-up in the weight throw (74-5 3/4) in the indoor championships March 11 in College Station, Texas.

Cartwright placed third in the discus (191-0), fourth in the hammer throw (213-7) and fourth in the shot put (62-1 3/4) in the Big Ten Conference meet May 12-14, and was named the Big Ten's 2017 Indoor Field Athlete of the Year.

He also is Michigan's record-holder in the weight throw (76-5 3/4).

Cartwright's success hasn't come easily, though, as he's had to overcome injuries.

He was unable to compete late in his senior season at Liberty because of a back injury initially sustained the previous fall playing football. He had won the Division I state title in the discus as a junior after placing seventh as a sophomore.

Cartwright, who was redshirted his freshman year at Michigan, injured his right middle finger just before the start of this year's postseason.

"Thinking back to the adversity I've had to get through, it's just a credit to the coach here," Cartwright said, referring to Michigan coach Jerry Clayton.

"Next year, I have very high expectations and goals for myself. I want to be an All-American."

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