If someone had given Garrett Appier advance notice of how his senior year at Pitt State would turn out, he wouldn’t have believed it.

“This whole year was kind of a dream,” Appier said. “I could not have ever imagined it would turn out like this.”

The Paola native ended his track and field career at Pitt State as the greatest shot putter in Division II history. Along the way toward earning the 2016 national championship, Appier set the overall DII record and now owns each of the top-10 farthest throws in DII history.

In July, he competed against the best throwers in the nation at the U.S. Olympic Trials. He finished sixth in a field of 24.

To cap off his amazing year, Appier garnered National-Men’s-Outdoor-Field-Athlete-of-the-Year recognition.

Garrett Appier

Garrett Appier

“All I can say is, it was a fun season and I’m still as blown away as anyone,” he said.
While shot put is an individual event, Appier credits his coaches and teammates for all of his success.

“My coaches were very supportive and my event coach, Brian Mantooth, really knows his stuff,” he said. “I definitely wouldn’t be here or would have done anything I did without him. My teammates and friends were also incredible. And of course I can’t thank God enough for the guidance and help along the way.”

As he looks back on a season and career full of accolades, Appier said his greatest memories are of those with whom he shared the journey.

“The people I came to call friends over the years, we competed together, hung out together and we supported each other,” he said. “There is no group of people I would rather have been around.”

And there’s no university he would have rather attended.

“The best thing about PSU for me is the atmosphere,” he said. “It’s a big college with a small-town vibe. Everyone is so connected, and the buildings are close together, which makes going to class easy. It’s just a beautiful place, and there is nowhere else like it.” •