March 12, 2010

Luckenbach Finishes 14th in Fayetteville

Senior has a throw of 60-6 3/4 at the NCAA Division I Championships

Senior Nicole Luckenbach of the Eastern Washington University track and field team finished 14th Friday (March 12) in the weight throw at the NCAA Division I Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., at the Randal Tyson Track Center.

Luckenbach had a mark of 60-6 3/4, which didn’t advance her into the finals in the field of 17 competitors. She is the first Eastern female to compete at the NCAA Championships indoors since 1995 when Joyce Rainwater competed in the 55 meters.

“I feel pretty good about my throw,” said the four-year letter winner out of  Snohomish (Wash.) High School.  “I am looking forward to the hammer throw outdoors.”

Luckenbach was ranked 16th in the NCAA Division I going into the meet with a career-best mark of 65-9 at the Big Sky Conference Championships in Bozeman, Mont. That mark broke the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse record of 62-6 set by Northern Arizona’s Anna Soderburg in 1996. Luckenbach was named Field Athlete of the Meet.  

Luckenbach's mark also broke her own school record that she set earlier this season with a throw of 61-11 3/4. That effort broke the school record of 60-9 1/2 set in 2002 by Jamie Martin and earned Luckenbach Big Sky Conference Field Athlete of the Week honors.

Luckenbach now sets her sights on the outdoor season as she will be defending her Big Sky Conference title in the hammer throw. She holds the school record in that event with a throw of 191-11 set at last year’s league meet.

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