Malone Wraps Up Season with Sixth-Place Finish in Javelin at USA Champs

June 24, 2001

EUGENE - Freshman Sarah Malone closed her first season for the Ducks with a sixth-place finish in the women's javelin at the final day of the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field.

The Newberg, Ore. native ranked as the third collegian in the field with a best throw of 156-6 (47.70m). Malone six-throw series follows: 1st - 147-7 (44.98m), 2nd - 155-8 (47.45m), 3rd - 154-1 (46.98m), 4th - Foul, 5th - Foul, 6th - 156-6 (47.70m).

Unattached entrant Kim Kreiner won the event (182-11, 55.76m), ahead of unattached entrant Erica Wheeler (172-0, 52.43m) and Purdue's Serene Ross (170-10, 52.07m).

Former Duck Christie Engesser-Cesar finished seventh in the 800 (2:05.87) in her first appearance at the USA Championships. Nike's Regina Jacobs won the event (2:00.43), edging Nike entrant Hazel Clark (2:01.15) and Reebok Boston's Jennifer Toomey (third, 2:01.28).

Several local runners also ran well in Sunday's finals. Marla Runyan won the women's 5,000 and led nearly the entire way (15:08.03), while another pair of locals, Clare Taylor of adidas and Marie Davis of Nike and a former Duck, took fifth (15:26.95) and 10th (personal best 15:53.50), respectively. Ray Hughes took sixth in the men's steeplechase (8:31.45).

Full results from Saturday can be found at the USA Track and Field web site at www.usatf.org.

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