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Bingson Repeats As American Champion

UNLV alumna Amanda Bingson won her second straight USATF Outdoor Championship in the hammer throw Saturday.

June 28, 2014

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. ( - UNLV track & field alumna Amanda Bingson (2009-12) continued her reign as the American champion in the hammer throw with her second consecutive first-place finish at the USATF Outdoor Championships. Bingson, a 2012 London Olympian, took control of Saturday's competition in the Golden State's capital city on her first attempt - a stadium-record toss of 244-1 (74.41m). The Las Vegas native one-upped herself on her second effort, which traveled 246-3 (75.07m) and was nearly 11 feet better than her closest competitor Jessica Cosby (235-4/71.72m).

Coincidentally, Cosby was the last individual to repeat as the hammer throw champion with victories in 2008 and 2009. Including those two titles, she has won four overall as she claimed the top spot at the 2006 and 2011 national meets.

Bingson's event-winning throw at Sacramento State's Hornet Stadium managed to reset a seven-year old mark of 232-0 (70.72m) achieved by Jenny Dahlgren at the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Championships. It's the second straight year that she has broken a stadium record following her American record-setting throw of 248-5 (75.73m) at Drake Stadium.

Besides Bingson, Lekeisha Lawson (2006-09) and Christine Spence (2001-05) are representing the Scarlet & Gray in northern California as alumnae of the program.

Lawson finished third overall in the 100m Friday evening with a final time of 11.30. She initially ran a prelim time of 11.52, which was good enough for 13th place. In the semis, she jumped up to sixth behind a personal-best showing of 11.07.

Spence finished seventh in the 400m hurdles Sunday with a time of 58.16. She had advanced to the final after she placed fifth in both the prelims (56.79) and the semis (55.98).



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