EUGENE, Ore. – Competing in her third straight NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Miami University junior Tori Paterra garnered Honorable Mention All-America after placing 21st in the javelin Wednesday evening at the University of Oregon’s historic Hayward Field.
Paterra (Elizabeth, Pa.), who has been battling through a back injury the past few weeks, fired the javelin 42.47m/139-4 on her second attempt, which was the best of her three throws. She was 11th in the first of two flights, ending up in 21st overall among the 24 throwers. Paterra improved on her seed, as she entered the NCAA meet seeded 22nd after placing 10th at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in Greensboro, N.C. May 25 with a throw of 47.22m/154-11.
Georgia's Freya Jones won the javelin title with a toss of 54.95m/180-3, while Florida's Marija Vucenovic was runner-up (54.76m/179-8).
Paterra, who broke her own school record in the javelin earlier this year at the All-Ohio Championships (50.51m/165-8), became just the third RedHawk in program history to qualify for three NCAA Championships. She joined Andrea Kremer (2001, 2003-04) and Sarah Landau (2005-07) as the only RedHawks to participate in three National Championships. Paterra could become the first RedHawk to make the NCAA Championships every year of her career if she qualifies as a senior.
This year marks the second time Paterra has collected Honorable Mention All-America in her career, also doing so as a freshman when she was 20th at the NCAA meet. Last year, she earned First-Team All-America when she placed seventh overall at the NCAA Championships.
Paterra was the only representative from the Mid-American Conference in the javelin at the NCAA meet and was the only RedHawk to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Miami’s 2013 season is now complete.