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Millard North thrower earns All-American honors in three different events

Millard North thrower earns All-American honors in three different events

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – Millard North junior Kat Beachler is one of the most well-rounded throwers in the country. The three-time All-American placed second in javelin at the USATF Junior Olympic Championships in July in Sacramento, CA along with placing third in shot put, fifth in discus, and 11th in the hammer throw.

Two of those event not sound familiar? Here’s how Beachler describes them:

”Hammer is like a metal ball on a chain and you just spin with it and throw it. And javelin is basically a long spear that you throw,” said Beachler.

Following first place finishes in shot put and discus in Class A this past season, Beachler moved onto her summer track and field season with the West Omaha Wolves Track Club where she’s able to compete in hammer and javelin.

”They’re so different. It’s like practicing a different sport. So for my practices each week it’s so hard to get multiple practices of the same event in because they’re all so different,” said Beachler.

”Everyone looks at it like throwing is throwing. It’s like doing basketball, volleyball, football. Pick four events and that’s pretty much what she’s doing in the summer time,” said Millard North’s throwing coach Lisa Charles.

Besides competing in four throwing events, Beachler stands out in another way. In the throwing world, Bleacher is considered undersized.

“You look at Kat, she’s like a buck fifty and 5′5. So you can’t compare a 5′5 athlete to a 6-foot-tall thrower. You can’t. So the fact that she’s doing this as a very small, petite thrower is what makes it so incredible,” said Charles.

Having wrapped up her summer track season, Beachler is turning to her offseason training routine.

”During the winter it’s more lifting which is what I’m starting to do right now. But it’s hard to do that over the summer when you’re practicing your events, but a lot of it is just drills and then getting the throws in during the week,” said Beachler.

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Carolina Women Advance To Nationals in Five Events – University of South Carolina Athletics

Carolina Women Advance To Nationals in Five Events - University of South Carolina Athletics

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.—The Gamecock women punched tickets to the NCAA Championships in five events on Saturday at the Haugh Track & Field Complex to wrap up action at the NCAA East Regional.
“Today was an up and down day,” said head coach Curtis Frye. “Our expectations are so high that we’d like to get 100 percent advanced, and when you don’t get that done, it sends you to a low. But we got a higher percentage than what we expected when we left.”
Rachel Glenn was clean through the high jump, clearing the final bar of 1.84m/6-0.50. Glenn passed on the firs two height of competition and went on to clear the final three heights of competition without a miss.
Glenn advances to Eugene, Oregon, for the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the second time in her young career. Glenn won last year’s outdoor high jump title.
Destinee Rocker advanced to the NCAA Championships in the 100-meter hurdles. Rocker ran a time of 13.08 to finish second in her heat and earn an automatic bid to Nationals. Rocker’s advancement marks her second NCAA Championships’ qualification this year. She also made it to Indoor Nationals in March.
Makenzie Dunmore grabbed the final automatic qualifying spot in her heat of the 400 meters, finishing with a time of 51.90. Dunmore was the eighth-fastest qualifier in the quarter-Mile. Dunmore is set to return to Oregon, where she ran from 2017-19.
Both Gamecock women’s relays advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The women’s 4X100-meter relay team finished second in its heat to grab an automatic bid to Oregon and the women’s 4X400-meter relay team won its heat to move on to Nationals automatically.
Jayla Jamison took 13th overall in the 200 meters with a time of 23.02. She finished just .01 behind 12th place and .02 behind the last time qualifier.
Stephanie Davis and Aaliyah Pyatt’s individual seasons came to an end in the 400 meters. They finished 14thand 22nd, respectively.
All-in-all, Frye said the Gamecocks had a good week in Indiana.
“It was a phenomenal week,” Frye said. “We have a lot of bright spots in the future. None of our men are leaving due to graduation. All of them are back. We lose three women, but we’ve got the other 11 and we’re bringing in five more.”
The final tally of Gamecock entries at the NCAA Outdoor Championships is 11. The men have six entries while the women have five entries in Eugene.
Carolina track and field will be back in action in two weeks with the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Orego, to close out the collegiate season.
Women’s Individual Results
200 Meters – Quarterfinals
13. Jayla Jamison – 23.02
400 Meters – Quarterfinals
8. Makenzie Dunmore – 51.90Q
14. Stephanie Davis – 52.58
22. Aaliyah Pyatt – 53.47
100-Meter Hurdles – Quarterfinals
4. Destinee Rocker – 13.08Q
4X100-Meter Relay – Quarterfinals
4. Jamison, Dunmore, Frank, Frasier – 43.38Q
4X400-Meter Relay – Quarterfinals
4. Davis, Dunmore, Frank, Registre – 3:29.37Q
High Jump – First Round
T1. Rachel Glenn – 1.84m/6-0.50q