#NCAATF Notebook: Maggie Ewen Rewrites Record Book On Day 2
EUGENE, Oregon – Arizona State junior Maggie Ewen left her mark on the grass at Historic Hayward Field and in the collegiate outdoor record book on Thursday at the 2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Ewen, already the American collegiate record holder in the hammer, broke former Georgia standout Jenny Dahlgren’s 10-year-old standard in the event. The junior from St. Francis, Minnesota, launched the implement 73.32m (240-7) to shatter Dahlgren’s collegiate best of 72.94m (239-3), set at the Spec Towns Invitational in 2007.
It took Ewen one throw to find her rhythm on Thursday, but once she did everybody knew the collegiate record was in danger.
Ewen’s 1st attempt went just 59.79m (196-2) and visible frustration washed across her face. That left Ewen in 13th place off the jump.
The Sun Devil regrouped and propelled the hammer 67.58m (221-9) on her 2nd attempt to take over 1st place.
Ewen left nothing to chance on her 3rd attempt and unleashed a titanic heave. When it landed in the soft grass at Historic Hayward Field and her mark appeared on the screen, a genuine smile graced Ewen’s face and she soaked in the applause of the large contingent surrounding the cage.
With her record-breaking throw, Ewen now owns the No. 1, No. 3 and No. 4 marks in collegiate history – all of which were set this year.
Team Score Update
Georgia used an unprecedented sweep to push itself to the top of the standings.
Kate Hall and Keturah Orji went 1-2 in the long jump and became the 1st set of female teammates to do that in NCAA history. Hall and Orji are just the 3rd female teammates in NCAA history to go 1-2 in any jumps event (high jump, long jump, triple jump, pole vault).
That gave the Bulldogs 18 of their 24.2 points after Day 1 of the women’s championship.
SEC foe Kentucky finds itself in 2nd position thanks to an individual title in the pole vault by Olivia Gruver, who upended defending champion Lexi Weeks at 4.50m (14-9).
Arizona State sits 3rd with 13 points (All from Ewen) and Kansas is 4th with 12.
Odds & Ends
Kent State senior Danniel Thomas won the shot put title over Louisville’s Emmonnie Henderson. Thomas recorded the No. 2 (19.15m/62-10) and No. 7 marks (18.95m/62-2¼) in collegiate outdoor history in her series. Ole Miss junior Raven Saunders, the two-time defending national champion, finished 4th.
This was the 1st time in meet history that the top-8 finishers in the women’s shot put all eclipsed 17.22m (56-6).
Virginia Tech’s Irena Sediva captured her 2nd javelin crown in 3 years. Sediva won in 2015 and used a strong 5th attempt (58.76m/192-9) to vault ahead of Florida’s Marija Vucenovic.
A strange turn of events in the semifinals of the 4×100 relay saw co-collegiate record holder LSU get disqualified. The Tigers weren’t the only ones bit by the exchange zone bug as Miami (Fla.) and Texas A&M also drew the ire of the yellow flag.