Pleger finishes 7th in hammer throw at NCAA track and field championships


EUGENE, Ore. -- Bowling Green State University's Brooke Pleger finished seventh in the hammer throw at the NCAA Championships today.

Pleger, competing in the second flight, had a throw of 63.71 meters (209-0) with her second attempt to advance to the finals. She did not beat that throw in the finals and finished seventh.

A native of Saline, Mich., Pleger is just the sixth Falcon woman to score in the national championship meet, and the first since Stephanie Heldt tied for seventh in the high jump in 2001.

The only BG women's athletes to finish higher than Pleger and Heldt at the NCAA meet are Huina Han, who placed sixth in the triple jump in 1998, and Beth Manson, who finished sixth in the discus in 1989.

Pleger's seventh-place finish assures the sophomore of All-American status.