By Jana Rayburn
Cord Neal, 2017 graduate of Chester High School, competed in his final collegiate meet in Eugene, Oregon last week at the NCAA Division I Track and Field Championship. Neal threw the javelin throw 68.82 meters, earning Neal 13th place in the nation and Second Team All-American honors. To get to Eugene, Neal first took 2nd place in the WAC Outdoor Championship with a throw of 65.77 meters. He then took eighth place in the NCAA West Preliminary round with a throw of 69.09 meters.
Neal has had a successful track and field career at SFA. He qualified for the 2021 NCAA Division I Championship, and finished in 17th place with a throw of 65.86 meters. He received Southland Conference All-Conference Third Team honors that same year. In 2019, Neal took first place in the Southland Conference Outdoor Championship and was named to the First Team Southland Conference All-Conference Team and finished 41st in the NCAA Division I West Preliminary rounds.
In 2018, as a freshman, Neal placed second in the Southland Conference Championship and 38th in the NCAA Division I West Preliminary rounds.
Cord Neal started college at Stephen F. Austin in the fall of 2017, after graduating from Chester High School as the class Salutatorian. Cord was a standout athlete at Chester, competing in football, basketball, cross-country, baseball, golf and track and field.
Neal advanced to the state meet in Track and Field.
He was on the state qualifying golf team, and he led the basketball team to their first post-season playoff spot in several years.
Neal, who received his undergraduate degree last year from SFA, will begin Medical School at the University of Houston in July.