June 6, 2012
DES MOINES, Iowa – For the first time since 2008, the Miami University women’s track and field team has an All-American as sophomore javelin thrower Tori Paterra garnered First-Team honors Wednesday at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held at Drake University’s Drake Stadium.
Paterra (Elizabeth, Pa.) finished seventh in the javelin with a season-best heave of 49.67m/162-11, which is the second-best throw in school history behind her school-record throw of 49.91m/163-9 from last year. She recorded her throw on her second attempt Wednesday as she was third in her flight and sat in sixth after both flights to advance to the finals, where she finished seventh. Paterra is just the second Miami thrower to collect All-America honors along with Nancy Denny in 1991 and 1992 and only the eighth RedHawk to ever be an All-American.
“Tori has been focusing on this meet ever since the disappointing third place at the MAC Championships. She’s been very focused the past few weeks and was chomping at the bit to get on the runway,” head coach Kelly Phillips said. “I’m not sure what was more exciting, watching Tori throw so well or watching (throws coach) Stacey Wannemacher look like she was going to throw up the entire time. Stacey has really made a huge impact on these women her first year and it will be fun to see Tori and the rest of the throws group continue to develop over the next few years.”
Paterra, who won the MAC javelin title as a freshman, becomes the first RedHawk to garner First-Team All-America since Kristina Bolterstein did so in the high jump in 2008, when she placed eighth. Last year, Paterra received Honorable Mention All-America after taking 20th in the javelin at the NCAA Championships. The top eight finishers receive First-Team All-America accolades. She qualified for the NCAA Championships by placing fifth at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds May 24 with a toss of 47.34m/155-3.
Oklahoma’s Brittany Borman won the javelin with a throw of 56.27m/184-7. A total of four Mid-American Conference athletes qualified in the javelin for the NCAA Championships but Paterra was the lone representative to advance to the finals. The other three MAC athletes all took Honorable Mention All-America. By placing seventh in the final, Paterra picks up two points for Miami in the team standings, as the RedHawks sit tied for 16th after day one of the four-day NCAA Championships.
With Paterra being the lone RedHawk to qualify for the NCAA Championships, Miami’s 2012 track and field season in now complete.