Thornton Earns All-America at NCAA Track & Field Championships

May 30, 2001

EUGENE, Ore. -- Washington State's Andrea Thornton finished eighth in the women's discus throw and earned All-America honors during the first day of competition at the NCAA Track & Field, at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus.

Thornton, a senior from Shelton, Wash., threw the discus 51.42m/168-feet, 8 inches for eighth place, after entering the event with the 12th-best mark of 172-1. Idaho's Katja Schrieber won the discus with her first throw of the day at 60.32m/197-11. She is the first national champion for the Vandal women.

'I'm very happy with the All-America certificate,' Thornton said. 'Coming in 12th and finishing eighth made me so happy. My first throw was really bad. I didn't get very many warm-ups but I kept it together and said, 'You know you'll get one in, just relax,' so I just relaxed and let one go and it was that toss that got me in the final.'

Thornton, who normally takes four warm-up throws, only got two and said she felt a little rushed. She opened with a throw of 133-5 and followed with her best throw of the day, 168-8. Thornton's third round throw was 158-7. She fouled her fourth attempt and then threw 159-2 and 167-0. She will have two days rest prior to her final collegiate competition, the women's hammer. Thornton enters that event ranked 12th.

'This (the discus) came out of nowhere this year,' Thornton said. 'Now it's kind of relaxing, now I know I can do it in my favorite event, the hammer. It's let it happen like I did in discus.'

Bryan Jones finished in the men's javelin. The senior team captain from Nooksack, Wash., had thrown a lifetime-best and NCAA PQ mark of 68.80m/225-9 for third place in the javelin at the PAC-10 Championships after missing two months of action due to a shoulder injury.

Agneta Rosenblad's long jump of 19-9 3/4 was th . Rosenblad, a senior from Lidingo, Sweden, won the PAC-10 long jump title two weeks ago with a school-record 21-4 3/4. That mark was fifth coming into the national meet. Thursday afternoon, Rosenblad will compete in the 100m hurdles preliminary heats.

WSU's Eric Dudley qualified for the men's 400m intermediate hurdles final after clocking a lifetime-best time of 50.46 seconds. Dudley, a junior from Bellingham, Wash., came into the preliminary heats with a PR time of 50.53, his winning time from the PAC-10 Championships two weeks ago. He was the seventh of eight qualifiers for the NCAA final after entering the 19-man field ranked 18th.

Randi Smith did not advance to the women's 400m intermediate hurdles final. Smith, a junior from Beverly Hills, Calif., ran a 58.90, 14th out of the 21 participants in the prelims. Her season-best time of 57.50 was 15th coming into the national meet.

Cougars competing Thursday are Rosenblad in the 100m hurdles prelims, Arend Watkins in the men's 110m hurdles prelims, and Anthony Buchanan in the men's 100m dash prelims.

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