BLOOMINGTON, IN – The University at Buffalo's Becky O'Brien earned a spot in the national field with her 10th-place finish in the women's shot put on Friday at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field East Preliminary Round at Indiana University's Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex.
O'Brien finished with a top throw of 53-11.75 (16.45m) which she produced on her third and final attempt of the second round. O'Brien, the Mid-American Conference champion in the event, stood eighth following the first round with a best throw of 52-7.75 (16.05m) with the top 16 throwers moving on to the second round. In the second round of throws, O'Brien bettered her mark to 53-1 (16.18m) on her second attempt and added more than 10 inches on her final attempt. An All-America honorable mention at the NCAA National Indoor Track and Field Championships in March, O'Brien will be making her first appearance in the outdoor championships.
Men's hammer throwers Matt Gac and Evan Palmer were eliminated in the first round. Gac finished 23rd overall with a top throw of 192-0 (58.53m) while Palmer finished 39th at 182-3 (55.54m).
On the track, Brian Smith finished 28th in the men's 200-meters in 21.54. Smith finished fifth in his heat but was unable to move into Saturday's quarterfinal round. Andrew Omoregie finished 42nd in the men's 110-meter hurdles in 14.74.
Competition concludes Saturday with O'Brien, Gac and Palmer entered in the women's and men's discus throws