Aggie assistant coaches helping keep UC Davis name in forefront at world-class meet
Aggie standout represents UC Davis at one of world's top track and field meets
Ashley Hearn, Jonathan Tipton and Kim Conley will each compete in Eugene, Ore.
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A two-time NCAA regional finalist and 2009 USATF qualifier for Sam Houston State, Jonathan Tipton joined the UC Davis coaching staff in the fall of 2011 and has helped push UC Davis throwers to success on the conference, regional and national stages.
His greatest success at UC Davis has been with former Aggie thrower Ashley Hearn who won the Big West discus title for the second straight year in 2012 before breaking her own school record while at the NCAA West Regional meet. That advanced her to the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa where Hearn twice shattered the UC Davis record. She uncorked a throw of 57.94 meters on her final attempt which converted to 190 feet, 1 inch, breaking her previous best from earlier in the day by nearly six feet, and delivering her All-America first-team honors with her third-place finish.
Tipton's protege also qualifed for the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, became the first Aggie during the program's NCAA Div. I era to qualify for the event. Hearn owns the school record in the discus by nearly 19 feet. Tipton also qualified and competed at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials
More recently, Praise Adesida, Sarah Hussey and Veronica Smart have etched their name on the program's all-time top-10 lists. All three of them earned Big West Field Athlete of the Week honors in 2013, setting the table for outstanding seasons. Adeside is second already on the shot put list (48-11.75) and fifth in the discus (154-07) after just one season, Smart is third on the shot put (47-10.00) and eighth in the hammer (165-03), and Hussey is fifth in the hammer (172-06).
Brandon Greenberg, Ben Parodi and Matthew Bender have helped achieve success for the Aggie men. Greenberg's mark of 56-03.75 during the 2012 Big West Championships pushed him to sixth all-time at UC Davis while Parodi (53-03.75, 9th) in the shot put and Bender (167-04, 8th) in the discus helped highlight the 2013 season. Thomas Gore-Schrek added another top-10 mark last year with his performance in the javelin at the Causeway Classic Dual against Sacramento State, posting a mark of 201-8 that puts him seventh.
Tipton brought extensive competitive and coaching experience to the Aggies.As a senior, the Wichita Falls, Texas native became the third Bearkat to capture a region championship. He fired a mark of 58.60 meters (192-3) in the discus throw at the Midwest Regional to advance to the NCAA Championships. Tipton also placed ninth at the USATF Championships in that event, captured a Southland Conference title, and set a school record of 59.90m (196-6).
Tipton had previously qualified for the region meet as a sophomore (javelin) and junior (discus). He reached the final flight in 2008, placing seventh with a 170-1 effort. Tipton also competed indoors, posting a weight throw PR of 53-1.75 in a meet at Texas A&M.
Tipton served two years as an assistant to David Self on the SHSU coaching staff while continuing graduate studies. Under his tutelage, Christina Webb captured All-Southland Conference honors in the shot put and set a Bearkat benchmark in the discus. On the men's side, Tipton's former teammate Chris Cralle captured All-America honors as a hammer thrower whiel Preston Sanders and Jacob Schultz qualified for the NCAA prelims in the shut put.
Tipton earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees in kinesiology from SHSU.