T&F: Boman Wins Hammer Throw at Summit League Championships

MACOMB, Ill.—Amped up by the clap surrounding the hammer cage, South Dakota senior Lara Boman let out a massive final throw to bring home the women’s hammer throw title for the second-straight season at the 2019 Summit League Championships held at Hanson Field.

Boman entered the final throw in third place, trailing the leader by four feet. She sent the hammer 211 feet, 7 inches, on her sixth and final toss for a nine-foot improvement. UND’s Molli Detloff had earned the final throw of the competition based on the preliminaries, but she fouled her final attempt, taking second place in 206-3. Boman successfully defends her Summit hammer title, finishing two feet off her own meet record of 213-9 set a year ago in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The season-best mark also moves Boman into 18th in the nation this spring.

Junior Armand Khan finished just outside of all-league contention in the javelin. He launched the javelin 192-2 for fourth place in the event.

Competing in her first conference meet, freshman Josephine Starner placed fifth in the javelin throw. She sent the javelin 137-1.

Senior Ethan Fenchel took seventh in the men’s hammer throw with a distance of 195-8. Graduate transfer Derrick Sheppard made finals in the event with a season-best 186-8.

Through the first day’s events in the women’s heptathlon, sophomore Holly Gerberding and senior Haley Bruggeman sit sixth and seventh in the field, respectively. Bruggeman’s strongest showing came in the 100-meter hurdles with her time of 14.52 seconds ranking second in the field. Gerberding had the third-best time in the 200 meters in 25.09 seconds.

Action at the Summit League Championships resumes at 8 a.m. Friday with the women’s 10,000-meter run.