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DeAnna Price sets American collegiate hammer throw record

By Jacob Gaertner, @JGaertnerDE

Senior thrower DeAnna Price set a new record in the hammer throw at the Southern Clash on Friday.

Price broke the American collegiate record with a throw of 72.66 meters. The previous record of 72.27 meters was held by SIU alumna Brittany Riley.

“It’s a distant dream I never thought was going to happen,” Price said in a press release.

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Price fell about a foot short of the NCAA record of 72.94 meters, set by Australia native Jenny Dahlgren from the University of Georgia.

“Right when it happened, I burst into tears,” Price said. “It’s something I’ve been trying to go after all season.

The men’s track and field team won the meet 102-77 and the women won 92-72. SIU won 25 of 35 events, including all four relays. 

SIU’s next meet is Friday and Saturday at the Billy Hayes Invitational, hosted by Indiana University.

Jacob Gaertner can be reached at [email protected] or at 618-536-3303.

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