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All-American Honors For Lena Grad Huberty
Chelsea Johnson of North Branch, Minn., became the St. Scholastica womens track & field programs first NCAA Indoor All-American on Friday and two more Saints earned the honor Saturday with Becky Huberty of Lena placing fifth in the shot put and Nicole Christianson from Coon Rapids, Minn., tied for eighth in the high jump at the 2014 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships.
After placing 12th yesterday and not qualifying for the finals in arguably her best event, the weight throw, Huberty rebounded on Saturday with a career performance in the shot put, breaking her own program record twice, with the second time being an All-American throw as she finished fifth.
Huberty did not foul once on her six throws and qualified on her second attempt in the finals as she first broke the program record with a mark of 459 (13.94m). That ranked her fifth heading into the finals. She had fallen to sixth after the fifth round of throws.
In her sixth-and-last attempt, Huberty tossed a program record 465.25 (14.15m) to go back into and finish fifth overall earning All-American accolades. University of Wisconsin-Oshkoshs Jecel Klotz won the event with a mark of 494.25 (15.04m).
Huberty becomes the first CSS track and field athlete, male or female, to earn multiple All-American honors and the first to earn All-America accolades in both the indoor and outdoor seasons. Huberty placed fourth in the hammer throw at the 2013 Outdoor Championships.
On Friday Huberty competed in the weight throw and entered the competition with the eighth-best mark in the country.
Unfortunately for Huberty, she would not advance to the finals as her best toss was 535.75 (16.30m), which was only good enough for 12th overall. The top nine advance to the finals.
With all three Saints who traveled down to Lincoln gaining All-American honors, St. Scholastica finished with 6.5 points as a team, which was good for 31st overall. A total of 61 womens programs scored.
The Saints will open their outdoor season on Saturday, April 5th at the Hamline University Invite.