DeAnna Price wins hammer throw in return

By Brent Meske, @brentmeskeDE

DeAnna Price only needed her first recorded throw of the season to win the hammer throw Thursday at the Alabama Relays.

Price, a graduate student, just missed setting a new personal record  72.30 meters  with her throw of 72.19 on her fifth attempt.

The throw was a meet and facility record, however. The previous Sam Bailey Track Stadium record was 69.19 meters, set by Georgia’s Jenny Dahlgren in 2007.


Price fouled on her first two attempts of the season, but her third went for 63.31 meters, which would have won the event. Southeast Louisiana senior Jermisha Frazier finished second with a throw of 63.19 meters, which came on her sixth and final attempt.

This was Price’s first competition since finishing 18th with a throw of 68.69 meters at the IAAF World Championships on Aug. 26 in Beijing. She did not have eligibility for this season’s indoor competition, and this outdoor season will be her last with collegiate eligibility.

Price was the NCAA and Missouri Valley Conference champion in hammer throw last season and finished second at the USA Track and Field Championships, where she set her personal-record of 72.30 meters.

The Salukis continue the Alabama Relays with the women’s 800-meter relay and three competitors in the women’s triple jump at 5 p.m. Friday in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Brent Meske can be reached at [email protected] or at 536-3333