Maci (Whitby) Bingham and Liz Quick each earned second-team All-America status Thursday by placing among the top 16 in their respective events at the NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene.
Bingham, a senior at Utah State University, placed 15th in the women’s hammer with a throw of 198 feet, 3 inches.
“For this meet, I had two goals,” Bingham wrote in a text. “To make it to the finals, and make the podium. Although that didn’t happen, I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to compete. I love this sport so much. Being a conference champion and making it to nationals and being an All-American — it’s been an incredible season and an incredible career.”
A 2011 graduate of Connell High School, Bingham’s best throw this season was 204-6 on April 15, which set a school record.
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Bingham, who won the Mountain West Conference title last month, placed sixth at the NCAA West Preliminary Championships in Lawrence, Kan., with a mark of 203-10 to advance to Eugene.
“The success has all been made possible by my amazing coach (Matt Ingebritsen) and incredibly supportive teammates,” Bingham said. “My coach has helped me accomplish more than I could have ever dreamed. Utah State was the absolute best place for me.”
Southern Illinois senior DeAnna Price won the hammer title with a throw of 234-8.
Quick, a junior at the University of Washington, tied for 11th in the pole vault at a height of 13-3 1/2. She missed all three attempts at 13-9.
Alexis Weeks, a freshman from Arkansas, won the title with a height of 14-9.
Quick won the Pac-12 Championships, then placed sixth with a height of 13 feet, 10 inches at West regionals, to punch her ticket to Eugene. She was the only Pac-12 athlete in the field.
Quick also finished ninth (14-1 1/4) at the NCAA indoor meet in March to earn second-team All-America honors.