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June 26th, 2013
Bobcat assistant coach going to world track championships


Texas State assistant track coach Amanda Bingson set the United States record in the hammer throw last weekend. TEXAS STATE ATHLETICS PHOTO


Texas State assistant track coach Amanda Bingson set the American record in the hammer throw at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships this past weekend, making her the top American and the third-ranked international athlete headed into the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) World Championships.

Bingson, who assists with coaching throws at Texas State and who competed collegiately at Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV), threw for an American record distance of 75.73 meters (248-5) to beat the previous record of 74.19 meters. Jeneva McCall finished in second place with a throw of 74 meters, more than a full meter behind Bingson, whose previous best was 72.95 meters.

The IAAF World Championships, to be held August 10-18 in Moscow, Russia, is the most significant track and field event in 2013, a non-Olympic year.

Bingson finished second at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships last year by two centimeters. In collegiate competition, Bingson, a three-time All-American at UNLV, finished third in 2012 and fourth in 2011 at the NCAA Championships.

“We were seeing some good results in training, and our goal was to be in the top three,” said Texas State throws coach Greg Watson, who is coaching Bingson. “That’s a big personal record for Amanda and her first national championship.”

Two athletes presently throwing at Texas State, Dasha Tsema and Talore Kelly, both just missed going to the World Championships after recently completing their freshman seasons with the Bobcats.

Tsema, competing in discus, threw for a personal record of 51.74 meters (169-9) to finish third in the junior competition (under 20 years old) at the USA event. The top two go on to the World Championships. Tsema’s previous best was 50 meters.

Kelly finished fourth in the junior hammer throw at 55.22 meters (181-2), the second best throw of her career. Her best mark, set at the Western Athletic Conference Championships to help Texas State to a conference championship, was 56.07 meters.

“Both athletes made strong performances, and represented Texas State in good fashion,” Watson said.

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