COLUMBUS — When Bryan Bunnell steps out on the field at Indiana University on Thursday to throw the javelin, it will likely be the last throw of his career.
And what a career it’s been.
Bunnell, a Fredericktown graduate of 2006, has made a name for himself at the Ohio State University.
Bunnell’s awards at OSU include a Big Ten title in the javelin throw as a freshman and three trips to the NCAA regional tournament, including this year. Bunnell was also awarded the 2011 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, presented to individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior.
Not bad for a walk-on from a small Knox County town.
Bunnell was a multi-event star in track and field at Fredericktown. He won the long jump event at the Mount Vernon News SpecTRACKular in his senior year, and he was part of the winning 4x200-meter relay team for the Freddies. He also qualified in multiple years in the discus.
“I really enjoyed the discus (in high school),” Bunnell recalled. “But I’d have to say the long jump was more fun. I graduated young. I was kind of upset that I didn’t have another year to compete in high school.”
He still speaks to his Fredericktown track coach, Dave Geiger.
“I call him every year, after the Big Ten tournament,” Bunnell said. “He’s always saying how proud he is of me.”