Arnie Sambel
Arnie Sambel
Height: 6-3
Weight: 250
Year: Sr.
Hometown: San Mateo, CA
High School: Junipero Serra HS
Events: Throws
Experience: 3Y

2016 -- Advanced to the West Region Preliminary Round of the NCAA Championships for the second year in a row, this time with a discus mark of 173 feet, 11 inches to win the Blue-Green Rivalry Dual Meet against UC Santa Barbara on April 30 ... came in 38th place at Kansas on May 28 (10 spots up from his seed), with a throw of 161’ 9” ... also tied for the No. 5 shot put performance in school history on April 30, winning with a mark of 57’ 2”; was selected as the overall Coca-Cola Cal Poly Student-Athlete of the Week on May 3 ... other victories as a junior came at the Bulldog Invitational in Clovis on April 23 (at 54’ 11.5” in the shot put), the 34th annual Cal Poly ShareSLO Invitational on March 26 (53’ 8.25” in the shot and 168 feet even in the discus), and the CenCal Twilight hosted by Fresno State on March 22 (52’ 5.25” in the shot) ... enters senior year with a combined 13 career collegiate first-place finishes between the shot put and discus, seven at invitationals and six at dual meets. 

2015 -- Tied for the fourth-best discus mark in school history with a throw of 175 feet on May 2 at the dual vs. UCSB at Westmont College ... took fifth place at the Big West Conference Championships, with a mark of 168’ 10” at UC Riverside on May 16, before posting a 29th-place (out of 48) throw of 170’ 5” at the NCAA West Regional at Texas on May 28 ... also had the squad’s top shot put performance of the entire season, a first-place 54’ 10.75” at the Big West Double Dual on March 14 ... also had shot put wins at the Fresno State Twilight meet on March 24 (53’ 4.25”) and the Cal Poly Invite on March 28 (53’ 9”).

2014 -- Posted the team’s No. 1 discus mark during the season, throwing for 160 feet, 5 inches at the Big West Conference Championships on May 17 in Davis (finishing in eighth place overall; second among freshmen) ... also had the squad’s second-leading shot put mark for the spring, 49’ 10.5”, on May 3 at home against UCSB.

Prep -- As a senior at Serra High School in San Mateo, advanced to the CIF State Championships in the shot put (finishing 19th at 53 feet, 0.75 inches) ... his PRs were 54’ 0.5” in the shot and 165’ 3” in the discus ... also played football for the Padres ... was an honor roll student.

Personal -- Born on Oct. 14, 1994 in San Mateo ... son of Arnie and Carrie ... father was a 28th-round pick of the Kansas City Royals in 1990 after a Hall of Fame baseball career at San Francisco ... has a brother, Ryan, and a sister, Marina ... majors in agribusiness.