June 13, 2003
Sacramento, Ca - Nick Welihozkiy, a senior from Springfield, Va, gained All-America honors with an eighth place finish in the hammer on Friday at the 2003 NCAA Track & Field Championships at Sacramento State.
Welihozkiy threw the hammer 215-7 (65.72m) on his second of six throws. Lucais MacKay of Georgia won the national title with a toss of 230-3 (70.19m).
Jill Camarena, from nearby Woodland, Ca, finished ninth in the discus to gain All-America honors for a fourth time. Camarena had a best of 163-0 (49.68m). Deshaya Williams of Penn State won the national title (181-9, 55.40m).
"I was a little disappointed, but then I never expected to be in the Top 12," said Camarena, who will compete in the finals of the shot put on Saturday (7:30 p.m.). "Making the finals was unexpected, but gaining All-America honors ... you can't beat that."
Camarena threw the shot put 56-6 1/2 (17.23m) in the prelims, and will be in contention for a high finish. "It's been a long week, but the shot put has been my focus."
Lillian Bush resides in 17th place after day one of the heptathlon (3,089 points).
The NCAA Championships will conclude on Saturday with several Stanford athletes in prime contention for national titles. Lauren Fleshman will seek a third straight NCAA title in the 5,000 meters (8:40 p.m.). Sara Bei will also compete in the 5,000 meters. Louie Luchini will be among the favorites in the 5,000 meters (9:00 p.m.) along with Seth Hejny. Malindi Elmore will be seeking her fourth All-America honor when she competes in the finals of the 1,500 meters (7:40 p.m.). Grant Robison, an eight-time All-America, will be among the favorites in the 1,500 meters (7:50 p.m.). Camarena, who recorded a career-best 56-6 1/2 (17.23m) in Thursday's prelims in the shot put, is among the favorites in Saturday's final (7:30 p.m.). Omer Inan has been an All-American the past two years in the discus, and is in the finals (2:00 p.m.) in 2003.
Friday's Results (6/13/03) - NCAA Track & Field Championships
Hornet Stadium - Sacramento State
Hammer (finals) - 8. Nick Welihozkiy 215-7 (66.27m) - All-American
Discus (finals) - 9. Jill Camarena, 163-0 (49.68m) - All-American
Heptathlon (first day total) - 17. Lillian Bush, 3,089 points
Heptathlon 100 Meter Hurdles - 5. Lillian Bush 13.96, 984 points
Heptathlon High Jump - 11. Lillian Bush 5-3 3/4 (1.62m), 759 points
Heptathlon Shot Put - 13. Lillian Bush, 31-6 3/4 (9.62m), 505 points
Heptathlon 200 Meters - 12. Lillian Bush 25.51, 841 points
For complete results, go to www.hornetsports.com or www.ncaasports.com