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Godsey '06 takes third in hammer at USA Track & Field Championships

Keelin Godsey '06 nearly hit the qualifying mark for the World Championships while finishing third in the hammer at the USA Track & Field Championships. (File photo)

EUGENE, Ore. -- Bates College graduate Keelin Godsey reached a new peak in his post-collegiate career on Saturday, taking third place in the women's hammer throw at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field.

Godsey launched a top effort of 68.90 meters, or 226 feet, on his first attempt in Saturday's finals, exceeding his previous personal record by 1.01 meters. He missed qualifying for the IAAF World Championships by a mere 10 centimeters, and has until August 8 to reach the world standard.

Godsey graduated from Bates in 2006 as a 16-time All-American and two-time NCAA hammer champion, and he remains the all-time record-holder in the hammer in Division III. He is currently a volunteer assistant coach at Williams College.

Godsey finished fifth at the 2010 USA championships and was seventh in the 2008 US Olympic trials. His previous career best of 67.89 meters was set two weeks ago.

More information at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships website