Willingboro native Steve Muse recorded two top-three finishes in the USATF National Masters Championships this weekend.
Muse is 53.
In the shot, Muse had four throws over 50 feet. He opened with a 50-6 and also had throws of 52-0, 51-1 and 50-4 1/4 before hitting the 52-2 on his final attempt. He finished second behind only Jason Wyatt, who threw 53-2 1/2 on his first attempt.
Wyatt was a six-time NAIA national champion in the shot put in the early 1990s competing for Asuza Pacific College in Southern California.
In the discus, Muse popped four throws over 150 feet, including a 150-0 on his first throw, a 151-3 on his second and 153-0 on his sixth and final attempt. The 155-5 came on his fourth attempt. He finished third behind David Bultman (165-7) and Todd Davis (155-10). Bultman placed fourth at World Juniors in 1988 as a freshman at UCLA. Davis never competed in track until his late 20s but has won multiple national age-group titles.
In the spring of 1984, Muse was BCSL Liberty Division (53-9), County Open (52-0) and South Jersey Group 3 shot put champ (53-10) and won the discus at the Liberty Division meet (157-1) and County Open (165-5).
He still ranks No. 4 in Burlington county history in the discus with his 171-10, trailing only Kamron Kobolak (185-6), Dennis Norman (174-4) and Alex Lewis (174-3).
Muse went on to compete for Boise State, where he was a three-time All-America — second in the NCAA discus in 1987, fifth in the shot indoors in 1998 and sixth in the shot outdoors in 1987.
Muse threw 61-11 3/4 indoors in 1988. That still ranks No. 3 in Boise State history. He’s also No. 3 in Boise history outdoors in the shot with a 61-11 1/4.
He was a four-time Big Sky champ for Boise State, winning the discus in 1985, 1987 and 1989 and the shot indoors in 1988.
He still ranks No. 2 in Boise State history in the discus at 198-2, although he went on to throw 201-7 in 1993 while he competed for the U.S. national team in a dual meet against Great Britain in Edinburgh. He competed in the discus in the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials in Atlanta.