(Neb)-Herl Wins Shot Put Title, Gives CSC 2 National Champs
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Chadron State senior Mel Herl is a double 2017 All-America after winning the women's shot put today at the NCAA Division II NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships in Birmingham, Ala. She had finished 3rd in the weight throw on Thursday.
The weight throw was Herl's best event on the season, but she'd steadily improved in the shot put and won the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference title two weeks ago at 50-2-1/2...breaking the school record she'd set earlier in the season.
At the national meet, Herl took the lead with her last throw in the preliminaries. Her toss of 51-3-1/2, as it turned out, would have been good enough to win but she topped it on her last throw of the competition with 51-9, another school and personal best. Jasmine Smith of Pittsburg State (Ks) finished 2nd at 51-0.
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