Bingson Sets American Record, Wins Hammer Title|
June 22, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa (UNLVRebels.com) - After breaking and rewriting UNLV track & field's hammer throw record on multiple occasions during her collegiate years, Amanda Bingson was able to do the same on Saturday with the American mark en route to winning the national title. Bingson, who was competing in her second USA Outdoor Championships, broke the record on her second attempt (245-9/74.92m). She one-upped herself minutes later with a measurement and new record of 248-5 (75.73m) on her third toss of the day at historic Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.
Following the completion of the first flight of competition, Bingson wasted little time taking ownership of the event's top spot on Saturday. She opened up with a distance of 238-1 (72.58) - that at the time - was first overall before Jeneva McCall's 242-9 (74.00) overtook her. Once Bingson unleashed her second attempt there was no looking back. That throw would have been good enough for the national title - by three feet - and an American record - by five feet. But, she wasn't done yet, as her third trip to the circle - figuratively - dropped the hammer on the field.
Last year at the 2012 Olympic Trials, which also doubled as the USA Outdoor Championships, in Eugene, Ore., Bingson finished second overall with a then-personal-best throw of 235-6 (71.78m) that earned her an opportunity to compete at the 2012 London Olympics.
Bingson was not the only Rebel alumna to compete on Saturday. Christine Spence (2001-05) finished third in her heat with a time of 55.57 in the semifinals of the 400m hurdles. Spence's effort was the fifth-best recorded on the day in the event, and it qualifies her for Sunday's final at 3:44 pm CT (1:44 pm PT).