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University of Miami Athletics

Gian Piero Ragonesi

position

Throws

Class

Freshman

Hometown

Forli, Italy

High School

Highlands School

Gian Piero Ragonesi - Track & Field - University of Miami Athletics

2018 Outdoor: Won the men’ discus at the Hurricane Invitational with a mark of 55.28m and the men’s shot put with a throw of 18.48m… Broke his own school record in the men’s discus with a collegiate-best 58.33m mark and a second-place finish at the Power 5 Trailblazer Challenge and finished fourth in the men’s shot put with a mark of 18.49m… Finished fourth at the Florida Relays in the men’s invite shot put with a season-best throw of 18.67m and finished seventh in the men’s invite discus with a mark of 56.02m… Won the men’s shot put and discus at the Hurricane Alumni Meet with a mark of 18.13m and a throw of 57.21m… Finished fourth overall in the shot put and discus with a mark of 17.96m and 55.41m, respectively, at the Virginia Challenge… Was fourth at the National Relay Championship in the men’s discus with a throw of 53.26m… Took home the bronze medal in the men’s shot put with a mark of 18.50m at the 2018 ACC Outdoor Championships and a bronze in the discus with a mark of 57.62m… Qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the discus with a throw of 54.56m, finishing eighth at the East Preliminary… Finished 20thoverall in the men’s discus with a mark of 52.77m and finished an incredible career with the Canes finishing in the school’s all-time top 5 in the outdoor shot put, discus and hammer throw. 

2018 Indoor: Opened his season with a second place finish in the shot put at the UAB Blazer Invitational, posting a mark of 18.35m…Won the men’s shot put at the Red Raider Open with a throw of 18.56m…Was second in the men’s open weight throw at the Power 5 Invitational with a mark of 17.77m…Finished third in the men’s shot put at the Power 5 Invitational with a throw of 18.48m…earned a bronze medal in the shot put with a throw of 18.28m, securing  his third-place finish on his final throw and scoring six points for the Hurricanes.

2016 ACC MEN’S INDOOR, FIRST TEAM (SHOT PUT)

2016 Indoor: Won the men’s shot put at the Nittany Lion Challenge with a personal-best throw of 18.18m that ranks second in UM history … Placed sixth in the weight throw at the Nittany Lion Challenge with a mark of 17.50m … Finished eighth in the weight throw at the McCravy Memorial Meet with a personal-best mark of 18.05m that ranks second in Miami history … Placed fifth in the men’s shot put at McCravy with a personal-best mark of 18.19m that ranks second in UM history … Competed in the shot put at the Armory Track Invitational … Finished second in the shot put at the ACC Indoor Championships with a personal-best mark of 18.87m that tied a school record also held by teammate Isaiah Simmons

2015 All-ACC ACADEMIC, INDOOR

2015 Outdoor: Threw a personal-best 17.67m in the shot put at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational, a mark that ranks third in UM history … Posted a throw of 17.56m to place seventh in the shot put at the ACC Outdoor Championships  …. Competed in the shot put and discus at the NCAA East Preliminary …  Placed eighth overall in the men’s invitational discus at Florida Relays with a personal-best throw of 54.83m

2015 Indoor: Runner-up in the men’s shot put with a throw of 16.60m at the Nittany Lion Challenge … Placed 10th in weight throw at Nittany Lion Challenge … Posted a season-best mark of 17.05m in the shot put at the McCravy Memorial Meet … Threw a season-best 16.94m in the weight throw at the McCravy Memorial Meet … Threw both the shot put and weight at the VT Elite Meet … Finished eighth in the men’s shot put at the Tyson Invitational with a personal-best mark of 17.68m that ranks second in UM history … Competed in the shot put and weight throw at the ACC Indoor Championships

2014 All-ACC ACADEMIC, OUTDOOR
2014 All-ACC, INDOOR (SHOT PUT)

2014 Outdoor: Placed second in men’s discus with a throw of 50.26m that ranked third in school history at the Hurricane Invitational … Claimed second place (16.32m) in the top two spots on the men’s shot put at the Hurricane Invitational … Finished fourth in men’s hammer with a mark of 50.01m that vaulted him into second place in UM history at the Hurricane Invitational … Finished second in the shot put with a throw of 17.26 and had a second place finish in the discus with a throw of 51.36m at the Miami Invitational … At Florida Relays, placed fourth in the men’s discus with a personal-best mark of 51.37m that ranks third in school history … Earned a sixth-place finish in the men’s shot put with a throw of 16.43m at Florida Relays … Placed fourth in the shot put with a throw of 16.40m at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational … Placed third in the discus with a personal best mark of 52.23m and finished fifth in the hammer with a mark of 48.16m at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational … Placed eighth in men’s shot put with a mark of 16.51m at the ACC championships … Placed second in the men’s shot put with a mark of 16.46m and sixth in the discus with a mark of 50.41m at the LSU Invitational … Placed seventh in the shot put with a throw of 16.58m at the Georgia Tech Invitational … Finished second in the discus with a personal-best mark of 54.89m at the Georgia Tech Invitational … That ranks second in school history … Competed in the men’s discus posting a personal best mark of 55.47m, which ranks second in school history, at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round.    

2014 Indoor:  Placed third in the shot put at Nittany Lion Challenge with a mark of 15.93m, fourth-best in UM history … Had a weight throw of 14.53m at the McCravy Memorial Meet, second-best mark in UM history … Moved into third place on Miami’s all-time indoor shot put list with a throw of 16.42m at the Doc Hale VT Elite Meet … His weight throw of 16.44m at the Doc Hale VT Elite Meet placed him third in UM history … Third place finish at the ACC Indoor Championships with a mark of 17.46m that ranks second in school history.

High School: Competed internationally in the shot put and discus … Best performances are 18.69m (61’ 4”) in shot put and 53.20m (174’ 6”) in discus with the international junior implements … Competed at 2011 IAAF World Youth Championship finals in the shot put … Attended schools in Peru, Mexico, Chile and Spain … Native of Peru