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Duncan places ninth in hammer throw at NCAA Championships

Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan '10 finished ninth in the hammer throw Friday at the NCAA Championships. (File photo by Tom Leonard '78)

BEREA, Ohio -- Bidding for a sixth career All-America honor, Bates College senior Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan (Topsham, Maine) finished in perhaps the most difficult spot of all on Thursday: making the finals but finishing ninth, one spot out of All-America territory, at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Baldwin-Wallace College.

Duncan registered the seventh-best effort in the preliminary round, based on her second throw of the day, which traveled 51.94 meters, or 170 feet and 5 inches, well short of her season's best mark of 177-6 despite being nearly 7 feet beyond the provisional qualifying mark for NCAA'. Two throwers were able to pass Duncan in the finals.

The five-time All-American gets another shot at No. 6 on Friday in the shot put, the event she was the national runner-up in at the 2010 NCAA indoor championships in March. Preliminary heats for the shot start at 5 p.m.

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