Event: Shot Put
PR: 21.08m/69-2 (2012)
Current Residence: Nazareth, Pa.
Hometown: Bethlehem, Pa.
High School: Bethlehem Catholic (Pa.) H.S.
College: Penn State '12
2010 NCAA Indoor runner-up (19.18m/62-11.25)
3rd at 2011 NCAA Outdoors (19.06m/62-6.5);
Two-time Big Ten Outdoor champion – 2011 (18.71m/61-4.75); 2012 (20.85m/68-5)
2011 Big Ten Indoor champion (19.84m/65-1.25)
2010 Big Ten Indoor runner-up (18.76m/61-6.75)
As a senior at Penn State University, Joe Kovacs used a fourth-place finish at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials to place himself among one of the best in the country in the men’s shot put. With American men picking up three of the top six spots on the 2012 world rankings according to Track & Field News, Kovacs grabbed an impressive No. 4 overall ranking in the U.S. He earned his undergraduate degree from Penn State in earth and mineral science and begins his first season as a professional. At Bethlehem Catholic High School he won state titles in both the shot put and discus and his high school best in the shot put of 64-10.75 ranks third on the all-time Pennsylvania high school list.
2012: Big Ten Outdoor champion (20.85m/68-5); 4th at NCAA Outdoors (19.58m/65-1.5); 4th at U.S. Olympic Team Trials (21.08m/69-2); 6th at USA Indoors (20.14m/66-1); 2nd in Paris (20.44m/67-0.75); 2nd in Madrid (19.56m/64-2.25); 6th in London (19.61m/64-4); 1st at Tucson Jim Click Shootout (19.02m/62-5); 1st at Baton Rouge Battle on the Bayou (19.18m/62-11.25); 1st at Lewisburg Bison Outdoor Classic (19.46m/63-10.25); 1st at Lewisburg Bucknell Team Challenge (19.35m/63-6); 1st at Penn Relays (19.94m/65-5)
2011: Big Ten Outdoor champion (18.71m/61-4.75); Big Ten Indoor champion (19.84m/65-1.25); 4th at NCAA East Regional (18.78m/61-7.5); 3rd at NCAA Outdoors (19.06m/62-6.5); 14th at USA Outdoors (19.15m/62-10); 14th at NCAA Indoors (18.24m/59-10.25); 1st at Park Penn State Relays indoors (18.45m/60-6.5)
2010: NCAA Indoor runner-up (19.18m/62-11.25); Big Ten Indoor runner-up (18.76m/61-6.75); 5th at Big Ten Outdoors (17.76m/58-3.25); 6th at NCAA East Regional (17.45m/57-3); 1st at Lewisburg Bucknell Team Challenge (18.73m/61-5.5); 1st at University Park Penn State National (19.36m/63-6.25)
2009: 2nd at Penn Relays (18.53m/60-9.5); 1st at University Park Penn State Open (17.72m/58-1.75); 7th at Big Ten Outdoors (17.45m/57-3); 14th at NCAA East Regional (17.36m/56-11.5); 9th at Big Ten Indoors (16.02m/52-6.75); 1st at Lewisburg Bison Classic (16.77m/55-0.25)
2008: 8th at Big Ten Indoors (15.25m/50-.5); 3rd at University Park Penn State Open (16.54m/54-3.5); 4th at State College Penn State Open (16.86m/55-3.75)
USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2012: Indoor bests – 20.14m/66-1 (No. 11 in the USA, No. 26 in the world); Outdoor bests – 21.08m/69-2 (No. 7 in the USA, No. 12 in the world, ranked No. 4 in the USA by T&FN)
2011: Indoor bests – 19.84m/65-1.25 (No. 11 in the USA, No. 29 in the world); Outdoor bests – 19.15m/62-10
2010: Indoor bests – 19.36m/63-6.25 (No. 14 in the USA, No. 47 in the world); Outdoor bests – 18.73m/61-5.5)
2009: Indoor bests – 16.89m/55-5; Outdoor bests – 18.53m/60-9.5
2008: Indoor bests - 16.86m/55-3.75