Lawson Places 15th in the Shot Put at the NCAA Championships

May 31, 2001

EUGENE, Ore. - After earning All-America honors for a third-place finish at the 2001 NCAA Indoor Championships in March, Cal senior Dana Lawson's hopes were high for Thursday's shot put competition at the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Hayward Field.

However, Lawson finished a disappointing 15th and failed to advance to the finals with a throw of 50-8.25. That mark was far below her outdoor PR mark of 53-6, which made her the No. 9 seed entering nationals.

UCLA's Christina Tolson won the competition with a throw of 57-0.75, followed by Clemson's Jamine Moton (56-4.75) and USC's Cynthia Ademiluyi (55-0.25).

The California women are still in search of their first points at NCAAs as Lawson placed ninth in the discus Wednesday. The Cal men have four points following Bubba McLean's fifth-place finish in the pole vault yesterday.

Friday, Cal senior Maria Lopez looks to earn back-to-back All-America honors in the pole vault beginning at 5 p.m., and senior Bolota Asmerom vies for the 5000m national title at 8 p.m.

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