Erin Merriman Wins Javelin Competition at Rafer Johnson Invitational

April 10, 2004

Westwood, Ca - Erin Merriman, a junior from Spokane, Wa, threw the javelin a season-best 150-2 (45.77m) to win the competition on Friday at the Rafer Johnson Invitational at UCLA's Drake Stadium.

Merriman's throw was only four inches short of her career-best set last year against California in the Big Meet. Merriman's effort was not only a Pac-10 qualifying mark, but a NCAA regional qualifying standard as well.

In other action on Friday, Kitty Currier finished fifth in the women's discus (137-6, 41.90m), William O'Neil placed fifth in the men's discus (155-8, 47.44m) while O'Neil was ninth in the shot put (49-3 1/2, 15.02m).

In competition on Thursday at the Rafer Johnson Invitational, Sarah Hopping placed fourth (186-6, 56.84m), Donielle Collich placed seventh (178-8, 54.45m) and Jessica Pluth was eleventh in the hammer (167-5, 51.04m).

Men's Results
Discus - 1. Jeremy Silverman (UCLA) 171-9 (52.35m); 5. William O'Neil (Stanford) 155-8 (47.44m)

Shot Put - 1. Nick Garcia (Springco) 57-4 3/4 (17.49m); 9. William O'Neil (Stanford) 49-3 1/2 (15.02m)

Women's Results
Discus - 1. Carol Stevenson (CS Northridge) 165-6 (50.45m); 5. Kitty Currier (Stanford) 137-6 (41.90m)

Hammer - 1. Cari Soong (UCLA) 209-2 (64.76m); 4. Sarah Hopping (Stanford) 186-6 (56.84m); 7. Donielle Colich (Stanford) 178-8 (54.45m); 11. Jessica Pluth (Stanford) 167-5 (51.04m)

Javelin - 1. Erin Merriman (Stanford) 150-2 (45.77m)

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