Thornton Breaks School Record in Hammer Throw at Stanford Qualifier

May 13, 2001

STANFORD, Calif. -- Washington State senior thrower Andrea Thornton heaved the hammer a school record 59.44m/195-feet even for first place in that event at the Stanford Qualifier Meet at Cobb Track and Angell Field on the Stanford University campus, Sunday.

Thorton, from Shelton, Wash., bettered her previous school record in the hammer of 192-9, thrown last year at the Mt. SAC Invitational Meet at Walnut, Calif. Sunday's mark bettered Thornton's NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark of 58.64m/192-5, thrown at Tempe, March 23, and listed at 15th in the national standings. The 195-foot throw should move her up to the top 12 in the nation.

Thornton also placed second in the discus with a toss of 50.42m/165-5, and threw the shot put 14.09m/46-2 3/4.

WSU's Megan Maynard sliced 15 seconds off her NCAA PQ steeplechase time. Maynard, a redshirt junior from Langley, Wash., finished fifth in the 3,000m race with a time of 10:36.58, despite tripping on a hurdle barrier and falling shoulder-first onto the track.

Two Cougar men steeplechasers also raced to personal-best times in their race. Kyle Barker and Jon Welsh finished one-two in their heat of the men's 3,000m steeplechase. Barker, a redshirt sophomore from Oregon City, Ore., ran 8:57.71 while Welsh, a junior from Carmichael, Calif., finished in a time of 8:59.68.

The Cougar men's and women's teams head to the Pac-10 Track and Field Championships at Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, May 19, and Sunday, May 20.

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