DES MOINES, Iowa - Miami University freshman Tori Paterra wrapped up an impressive rookie season Thursday at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held at Drake University’s Drake Stadium, by finishing 20th in the javelin national championship.
Paterra (Elizabeth, Pa.), who won the MAC Championship and was the lone MAC representative in the javelin NCAA Championship, fired a throw of 44.53m/146-1 to earn her 20th in the 24-woman field. She fouled on her first and third attempts but made her second throw count.
Paterra was seeded 16th nationally entering the NCAA East Preliminary Round, held at Indiana University two weeks ago, with her school-record throw of 49.91m/163-9 at the Vanderbilt Black & Gold Invitational (March 25). She finished seventh at the NCAA East Prelims with a heave of 47.36m/155-4, which qualified her for the NCAA Championships.
“She got here as a freshman, got to compete against some great athletes and it will give her something to be hungry about all summer,” head coach Kelly Phillips said. “She had an amazing freshman year.”
Oklahoma’s Brittany Borman won the javelin title with a toss of 54.32m/178-2.
The RedHawks still have one more athlete left to compete at the NCAA Championships as redshirt junior Rachel Patterson (Rochester, Mich.) runs in the 5000m national championship Friday night at 9:10 p.m. ET (8:10 p.m. local). The race will be televised live on CBS Sports Network (formerly CBS College Sports Network).