EUGENE, Ore. – The University of South Alabama’s senior Autavia Fluker was awarded the Second-Team All-American honors at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championship Thursday evening at the Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
The Bessemer, Alabama, native was shy two spots away from being named First-Team All-American after having the 11th best throw out of 24 competitors in the hammer with a 66.31m performance. It was the first time the senior had ever reached the NCAA Outdoor Championship in her five years with the program.
Fluker will close out her season with the Jaguars after she competes in the Olympic Trials on June 24 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
Date: June 9-11
Meet: NCAA Outdoor Championship
Host: The University of Oregon
Site: Hayward Field (Eugene, Ore.)
– Redshirt freshman Francois Prinsloo will represent USA in the discus throw at the NCAA Outdoor Championships Friday at 6:35 p.m. (CT) in Eugene, Ore.
THEY SAID IT
Head Coach Paul Brueske
– On Fluker’s performance: “It was good that she was able to compete and train here as it is the same facility for the Olympic Trials. Now, she is familiar with the ring and venue, and I believe that experience will help her throw farther at the Trials.”
– On Fluker’s season: “We’re proud of Tata [Fluker] because she has worked so hard for such a long time. She has had a remarkable season so far and is a great role model for our younger athletes. Now, we are going home and fine-tune for the Olympic Trials.”
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