EUGENE, Ore. –Martha Szekely saved her best for last by becoming the first Miami competitor to clear 200 feet in the hammer throw at the NCAA Outdoor Championships on Thursday.
Szekely capped her collegiate career with a record trip to the throwing circle. Her second round throw marked 200-1, breaking her own school record she set at the Penn Relays earlier this season. That toss was good for a 17th-place showing and All-America Honorable Mention.
“It was great to see Martha launch a 200-foot throw and finish her career with a new school record,” Assistant Coach Steve Manz said. “Danny (Collier) gained some valuable experience that should help her in the coming years.”
The Miami senior was not alone in Thursday’s competition. Also making her nationals debut was sophomore Danielle Collier in the javelin. Collier’s final throw of the day stuck at 159-5, placing her 22nd in the field and also garnering All-America Honorable Mention.
“Martha and Danielle have both represented Miami very well this year,” Director of Track & Field Tom Chorny said. “We are going to miss Martha, but we get two more very exciting years with Danielle.”
One more event with a Red & White feel remains at Historic Hayward Field as senior Andrew Dusing returns to the starting line in the 1500m fresh off of Wednesday’s seventh-place and record-setting showing in the semifinals. That race airs on ESPN at 8:42 p.m. ET.