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Bucknell’s Maura Fiamoncini Locations Third at NCAA Championships

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EUGENE, Ore. —  Maura Fiamoncini earned her first-ever First Staff All-American quotation in inserting third on the NCAA Championships within the javelin on Thursday night.  Fiamoncini broke her personal college report on her second throw of the night (185-4) to earn Bucknell’s highest-ever NCAA Championship end on the ladies’s aspect, passing Corridor of Famer Lonnie Fertik.  Fertik positioned fourth within the 1982 NCAA Championships within the heptathlon.   

“What an unimaginable day,” mentioned Head Coach Kevin Donner.  “Third place with a lifetime finest.  Maura’s shoulder was hurting her, however her expertise at this meet actually paid off, and she or he is clearly mentally powerful. The best-ever end for a Bucknell feminine.  She was additionally the highest American thrower at present, which bodes effectively for the Olympic Trials in two weeks.  What a good way to finish her collegiate profession.”   

The senior, who was inside one spot of incomes First Staff accolades in 2019 in ending ninth, smashed her earlier NCAA finest (172-9) that she set in Austin, Texas in 2019.   Fiamoncini’s school-record mark of 184-5 that she set in her collegiate debut had stood since 2018.  The mark for Fiamoncini was over 20 ft additional than the final time she competed in Eugene as a primary yr in 2018. 

“I’m so unbelievably happy with Maura and all her accomplishments,” mentioned throws coach Dan Frake.  “A storybook ending to a storied profession.  She threw a PR in her first and final meets for Bucknell.  Maura is the higest placewinner in Bucknell ladies’s observe and discipline historical past.”  

Fiamoncini additionally earns a spot within the Bucknell historical past books as one in every of two Bison to earn three All-American picks in observe and discipline, becoming a member of Corridor of Famer Thomas McLean.  McLean earned three All-American citations from 1975-77 within the 800. 

In her first throw, Fiamoncini set herself up in a superb place, throwing 177-0 for the seventh-best mark after one spherical. Fiamoncini then launched her second and deciding throw to maneuver all the best way as much as third, somewhat underneath 4 ft forward of Vanja Spaic of Fresno State in fourth (180-8).

Marie-Therese Obst took the highest honor (195-10), adopted by Alizee Minard of Arizona State (190-0).  4 of the highest 5 finishers threw private bests. 

Fiamoncini now units her sights on the Olympic Trials, with qualifying scheduled for the ladies’s javelin on June 25 at Hayward Subject in Eugene.   

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