|Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan '10 notched her second top-three national finish of this academic year, earning third place in the shot put. (Camera phone photo by Jay Hartshorn)|
BEREA, Ohio -- Bates senior Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan (Topsham, Maine) found a fine way to finish her decorated career on Friday, finishing in third place in the shot put at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships for her sixth and final NCAA All-American honor.
Duncan moves out of a tie with Izzy Alexander '09 on Bates' all-time All-Americans list and takes sole possession of second place with six, trailing only the stratospheric total of 16 earned by Keelin Godsey '06.
Duncan unleashed her top shot put of the day on her second attempt, at 14.31 meters, or 46 feet, 11.5 inches, her second-best distance of her career. Alyssa Pirinelli of St. Lawrence was first at 47-7, followed by Jecel Gerner of Wisconsin-Oshkosh at 47-2.25. Duncan was over three inches beyond fourth-place finisher Holly Ozanich of Oshkosh.
Duncan's performance follows the other top-three national finish of her career: finishing second in the weight throw at the 2010 Indoor Championships in March. Her four other All-American awards comprise two in the indoor weight throw, one in the indoor shot put and one in the outdoor hammer throw.
Duncan's effort, following Thursday's ninth-place finish in the hammer throw, scores six team points for Bates, good for a four-way tie for 20th place out of 47 scoring teams thus far. She is the team's lone representative at the meet. (Rich McNeil '10 competes in the discus throw on Saturday.)
Bidding for a sixth career All-America honor in the hammer throw on Thursday, Duncan finished in perhaps the most difficult spot of all: making the finals but finishing ninth, one spot out of All-America territory.
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.
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