McCall Captures NCAA Women's Hammer Title
Hammer throw action at the NCAA Championships start on Thursday with the women's hammer throw. Top seeded Amanda Bingson (UNLV) looked to battle it out with Jeneva McCall (Southern Illinois). NCAA indoor champion McCall had just one loss to a college athlete this year, but that came two weeks ago at the NCAA qualifying round where Bingson launched a huge personal best to beat McCall. But it was Brittany Smith (Illinois State) who stole the show early. Smith, throwing in the first of two flights, launched a three personal bests in the first three rounds to put the pressure on Bingson and McCall, who both were in the second flight. However, McCall was able to better Smith by less than an inch on her first throw. When the two flights were cut down to finals, McCall improved another her lead to seven inches, and Smith was unable to respond, perhaps due to the extended break she had to take between the first fligth and finals. NCAA leader Bingson fouled her first two throws before tossing 66.96m to qualify for the finals. However in the finals she had two more throws and had to settle for third place.
Sophomore Jenny Ozorai (USC) took fourth and Ida Storm (UCLA) took second with the second best result of her career (she threw a personal best of 66.48m last Saturday). Alena Krechyz (Kansas), who had the third seed after setting a big personal best at the Big 12 Championships last month, finished in sixth, just ahead of former NCAA champion Nikola Lomnicka (Georgia). The action continues on Friday with the men's hammer throw competition. A late withdrawal was NCAA leader Conor McCullough (Princeton) after it was announced earlier in the week by the Princeton Athletic Department that he did not meet certain academic requirements of the University and the NCAA. Without McCullough, the field will be quite open.
NCAA Division I 2012 Outdoor Track & Field Championships Drake University - 6/7/2012 Event 39 Women Hammer Throw ========================================================================================== Two flights. Random draw 30 minute flight specific warm-up. 20 min max before finals Advance best 9 after tie breaking to finals. Reverse order American: A 73.87m 6/25/2005 Erin Gilreath, NYAC College Best: C 72.94m 4/13/2007 Jenny Dahlberg, Georgia NCAA Meet: M 70.72m 6/8/2007 Jenny Dahlgren, Georgia Name Year School Seed Finals Points ========================================================================================== 1 Jeneva McCall SR So. Illinois 69.13m 68.67m 225-03 10 68.47m 67.86m 66.99m 68.67m 68.25m FOUL 2 Brittany Smith JR Illinois State 66.19m 68.45m 224-07 8 67.31m 67.54m 68.45m 66.26m 65.43m FOUL 3 Amanda Bingson SR UNLV 71.04m 66.96m 219-08 6 FOUL FOUL 66.96m FOUL 63.80m FOUL 4 Jenny Ozorai SO USC 66.61m 65.91m 216-03 5 63.86m 65.20m 63.69m 64.40m 65.91m 65.54m 5 Ida Storm SO UCLA 65.47m 65.68m 215-06 4 FOUL 64.11m 65.68m FOUL 63.19m 63.37m 6 Alena Krechyk JR Kansas 68.23m 64.58m 211-10 3 FOUL 64.58m 64.47m 64.24m FOUL 63.97m 7 Nikola Lomnicka SR Georgia 64.28m 64.55m 211-09 2 60.34m FOUL 62.49m FOUL 61.71m 64.55m 8 Marissa Minderler SR USC 64.04m 63.43m 208-01 1 FOUL 62.26m FOUL 63.43m 63.37m FOUL 9 Favian Cowards SR Miss State 62.93m 62.87m 206-03 61.40m 62.87m 61.03m 59.62m 59.41m FOUL 10 DeAnna Price FR So. Illinois 62.62m 62.25m 204-03 11 Taylor Bush JR Arizona 62.93m 61.81m 202-09 12 Melissa Kurzdorfer SO Penn State 63.35m 60.84m 199-07 13 Brieanna Kennedy SR LSU 60.40m 60.13m 197-03 14 Maureen Laffan SR Virginia 58.03m 59.91m 196-07 15 Victoria Flowers JR Connecticut 60.33m 58.99m 193-06 16 Melinda Bendik SR Liberty 61.76m 58.71m 192-07 17 Latifah Johnson SR So. Alabama 61.32m 58.71m 192-07 18 Alexis Thomas SO Ohio State 60.43m 58.27m 191-02 19 Amanda Murphy SR Montana State 62.20m 58.08m 190-07 20 Kearsten Peoples FR Missouri 62.38m 57.64m 189-01 21 Jade Niemeyer SR USC 63.40m 57.47m 188-06 22 Maggie Mullen SR Ohio State 57.91m 57.01m 187-00 23 Beth Rohl JR Michigan State 60.41m 56.33m 184-10 -- Jackie Leppelmeier FR Kent State 59.53m FOUL