Arizona State junior Maggie Ewen of St. Francis won the women’s hammer throw and did it in record fashion Thursday at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships in Eugene, Ore.
Ewen set an NCAA record of 240 feet, 7 inches, breaking the previous mark of 239-3, set by Georgia’s Jenny Dahlgren in 2007.
“It’s been something we’ve been trying to hit all year, but in the back of our mind kind of thing. It just meant a lot to do it here, too,” Ewen said.
Later Thursday, Ewen finished sixth in the shot put with an effort of 57-1. She will compete in the discus Saturday.
On the men’s side, Gophers senior Luca Wieland finished third in the decathlon with 8,146 points, earning first-team All-America honors. Wieland had the lead through Wednesday’s five events, but Texas A&M’s defending champion Lindon Victor took control Thursday with victories in the discus and javelin. He finished with 8,390 points. Georgia’s Devon Williams took second with 8,181
For the Gophers women’s team, Madeline Strandemo advanced to the 3,000 steeplechase final by finishing fourth in her semifinal in 9 minutes, 52.74 seconds.
Temi Ogunrinde finished 18th in the hammer throw at 199-3 and Angie Guenter was 21st at 197-0. Emma Spagnola finished seventh in her 100 hurdles semifinal in 13.31 and did not advance. Emerald Egwin did not advance out of the 400 semifinals, finishing 20th overall in 53.95.
In Wednesday’s men’s 800 semifinals, the Gophers’ Nate Roese placed 14th in 1:47.61, good for second-team All-America honors. Mitch Hechsel was eighth in 1:48.52. In the 3,000 steeplechase, Obsa Ali earned second-team All-America honors by finishing 14th in 8:49.00.
• The Gophers men’s basketball team will play host to Miami (Fla.) in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge in November, the Big Ten announced Thursday. The game’s date and time are to be determined.
• Gophers student-athletes Michael Kroells and Brett Pfarr (wrestling), Lee Stecklein (women’s hockey), Justin Karstadt (men’s gymnastics) and Yu Zhou (women’s swimming and diving) have been named to the 2016-17 CoSIDA Academic All-America Division I at-large teams, the organization announced.
• The St. Paul Saints’ six-game winning streak ended with a 7-2 loss to the host Kansas City T-Bones.
• Derek Hitchner, a junior at Blake, shot a 4-over-par 76 in the final round of the American Junior Golf Association’s Under Armour Gary Woodland Championship in Lawrence, Kan. He won the tournament with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff vs. Jared Strathe of Owasso, Okla.