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HOUSTON, TEXAS (May 12, 2017) Cincinnati’s Annette Echikumwoke completed only two legal throws, but her second throw of 60.97 meters (200 feet 0 inches) in the women’s hammer was good enough to win the first event of the 2017 American Athletic Conference Championships on Friday, May 12, 2017. The competition is being held on the Tom Tellez Track on the campus of the University of Houston will run through Sunday, May 14. Her winning thrown was short of her season best of 63.91 meters (208 feet, 8 inches) from April 15 of this year and broke her own meet record established at last year’s championships.
In second place was UCF’s Chelsea Gobourne with a throw of 59.45 meters (195 feet, 0 inches). Two Houston Cougar sophomores followed in the standings, with Mikaila Martin earning her place on the victory platform with a throw of 59.44 meters (195 feet, 0 inches). Teammate Taylor Scaife placed fourth at 59.10 meters (193 feet, 11 inches). Connecticut picked up fifth place points, followed by UCF in sixth, South Florida in seventh, and East Carolina in eighth. With their third and fourth place finish, Houston is tied with UCF for the lead in the team standing with 11 points. The finals in the men’s hammer, along with the women’s and men’s 10,000-meters will also be contested on Friday evening.