Eugene, Ore. – Former Texas State women’s track and field All-American Abby Ruston advanced to the finals of the women’s shot put at the USA Olympic Trials last Thursday night with a throw of 56′ 5.75″ (17.21 meters).
Competing in the first of two preliminary rounds, Ruston recorded her mark on her first throw of the competition. She also recorded throws of 16.29 meters and 16.39 meters on her other two throws of the night.
Michelle Carter had the best mark in the preliminary rounds with a put of 60′ 1.75″ (18.33 meters) on her first throw in the first round. Elizabeth Wanless of the New York Athletic Club had the second best throw in the first round with 57′ 7″, and Ruston was third.
Overall, Carter was the only competitor with a mark over 60 feet, while Jillian Camarena of the New York AC had the second-best throw with 58′ 7.50″ (17.87), Kristen Heaston of Nike was third with a put of 57′ 10.50″ (17.64 meters), and Wanless had the fourth-best mark. Gail Lee finished in fifth place at 56′ 10.25″, Chandra Brewer had the sixth-best mark with 56′ 10″, while Jessica Pressley of Arizona State was seventh with 56′ 7.50″ and Ruston finished with the eighth-best effort overall.
The women’s shot put final is schedule for Saturday at 3:50 p.m. central.
By RICHARD POULTER
Sports Information Director