When and Where: May 27, 2017 - Bradenton, Florida (IMG Academy)
Results: Sahara Brown - 8th/21
BRADENTON, Fla. – Senior Sahara Brown (Center Barnstead, N.H.) of the Southern New Hampshire University women's track and field team garnered All-America status in the javelin Saturday at the 2017 NCAA Division II Women's Outdoor Track and Field National Championships.
Brown set a personal record with a throw of 46.07 meters (151 feet, one inch) to finish eighth overall. She surpassed her previous personal best 44.76 meters (146 feet, 10 inches) three times Saturday, the first of which coming on her final toss of the preliminary round, a 45.21-meter (148 feet, four inches) performance, to qualify for the finals.
In the final, which consisted of nine student-athletes, Brown put forth the top effort of her career to cement herself as an All-American. After a fourth attempt of 43.62 meters (143 feet, one inch), Brown unleashed a 46.07-meter (151 feet, one inch) heave to finish .24 meters (nine inches) ahead of ninth place.
Brown caps off her career at Southern New Hampshire as the program's first All-American, a two-time Northeast-10 Conference Champion and an All-East Region selection. She finished first in the javelin six times this season and was the top NCAA Division II finisher at the 2017 New England Outdoor Championships.
- Western Washington University's Bethany Drake captured the javelin national title with a throw of 51.81 meters (169 feet, 11 inches). She was followed by Queens University of North Carolina's Danielle Konopelski (48.07 meters) and Shippensburg University's Morgan DeFloria (48.01 meters).
- The top-eight finishers in the final receive All-America recognition. The event consisted of 21 student-athletes, and the top-nine performances advanced to the finals.
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