Minard Takes Silver, Llano Finishes Top Five at NCAA Championships
EUGENE, Oregon - Throws U is bringing more hardware back to Tempe! Alizee Minard, who won the Pac-12 women's javelin weeks ago in Los Angeles, continued her hot streak with a second-place finish in the event at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon. Minard's best mark was 57.91m/190, an eight foto PR for the French native. The Sun Devils also celebrated Beatrice Llano finishing fifth in the hammer throw (68.78m/225-8), an improvement of two-places from where she finished in 2019.
Minard took no time to get going today. Throwing 10th in the order of flight two, the first year Sun Devil jumped to the top of the list and never looked back. Minard's throw put her at the top of the leaderboard in the opening round, but Marie-Therese Obst of Georgia came back in the second round with a 58.49m/191-10 throw to take the top spot. Minard's next four attempts never passed 185 feet and she fouled on the final round to secure her place.
Llano's first heave of the day, 65.90m/216-2, temporarily put her in seventh place, and she sat there until round three when she went 68.78m/225-8. The mark was a season's best for the Norwegian and moved her into third where she was primed to take the bronze medal until Shey Taiwo and Tara Simpson-Sullivan both passed her in round six. Llano previously finished seventh overall at the 2019 NCAA Championships.
Shelby Moran also competed in the hammer Thursday. Throwing in flight one, Moran came out on fire and set a PR on each of her three throws. Her best mark of the competition was 66.01m/216-7 and earned her 13th place.
Jorinde van Klinken rounded out the day competing in the shot put. She threw 16.87m/55-4.25 in the opening round before fouling her next two attempts to finish 12th.
Turner Washington, Ian Schulz and Jamar Marshall Jr. are back in action Friday. Washington and Schulz take on the discus, and Marshall Jr. runs the championship heat in the 110m hurdles.
Turner Washington and Ian Schulz - Discus 4:35 on Friday
Possibly Jamar Marshall Jr - 110H, 5:42 Friday
NCAA Championships Results
Turner Washington - Shot, 21.10m/69-2.75 - National title, PR
Jamar Marshall Jr - 110H, 13.57, 4th - Q
Carlan Naisant - javelin, 64.83m/212-8, 19th
Alizee Minard - javelin, 57.91m/190 - Silver medal, PR
Beatrice Llano - hammer, 65.90m/216-2 - 5th, season's best
Shelby Moran - hammer, 66.01m/216-7 - 13th, PR
Jorinde van Klinken - shot, 16.87m/55-4.25 - 12th