La Crosse, WI—Senior thrower Monique Newton won the discus event to kick start the 2018 Outdoor NCAA Championships at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse on Thursday, May 24.
In jeopardy of missing the finals, Newton ripped off a clutch throw of 158-00 to earn herself three more throws and a chance at history. After a foul, Newton's fifth attempted traveled 164-06 (50.14m) to beat the 21-person field by almost two feet. The Sacramento, California, native’s mark breaks her previous school-record performance by four feet, three inches and gives her a second national championship after winning the indoor shot put in 2017. She is officially a seven-time All-American and the first woman athlete in Oberlin College history to win a national championship.
In addition to Newton's national crown, senior Lilah Drafts-Johnson qualified for the finals on Saturday in the 400-meter hurdles. The Melrose, Massachusetts, native entered the event with the nation's top time, placing second in her heat with a time of 1:00.95.
Along with Newton in the discus event, Ana Richardson put a bow on her illustrious career. The senior finished 12th overall with a heave of 141-07. Richardson finishes her career as a two-time All-American and one of the best throwers to graduate from Oberlin College.
The championships continue this weekend with Newton competing in the shot put. Drafts-Johnson will compete in the finals in the 400-meter hurdles.