Like Monday's featured Olympian, Rachel Yurkovich, Cyrus Hostetler is a national champion javelin thrower from Newberg, Oregon. Hostetler actually spent his first two years as a collegian at Lane Community College, where he won the NWAAC javelin title and also played basketball. Transferred to Oregon as a junior, and promptly won two Pac-10 titles, and had a massive throw of 272-10 that ranks as the fourth best throw in NCAA history. Not just a jock, the art major was also an Academic All-American at Oregon.
Hostetler went to the Olympic Trials, but hurt his knee and only finished 5th at the event. However, he had previously met the Olympic "A" standard of 269 feet, and being one of only three Americans to do so gave him a spot on the team. As do most track and field athletes, Hostetler also has a "real job," where he works as a graphic designer. The health of Hostetler's knee is in question. He's certainly not a favorite for a medal, but if his knee is healthy, he has enough big throws in his career to give him an outside shot at a bronze.
Congratulations to Cyrus and GO DUCKS!