Marthaline Cooper finished sixth on Friday at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships in the weight throw. The junior threw 21.24 meters; winner Vesta Bell from Cal.-Riverside threw 22.42 meters.
This meet was Cooper’s third national championship competition. The Rhode Island native was ranked No. 2 in the field of 16 throwers going into the weekend, after spending a brief period earlier in the year ranked No. 1 in the country. Cooper has already earned All-American honors.
The top 24 Americans qualify for the U.S. Olympic trials, and only the top three from that bunch make the Olympics in Rio, provided of course that they hit the Olympic standard of 69 meters.
Bret McCormick contributed
The Eagles lost the first game of the day 4-1 to Fairfield at the Under Armour Showcase and beat the University of Hartford 7-4 in the second game.
Salvador Mijares clinched the match and Mario Paccini’s singles win on court one wrapped up Elon’s 6-1 victory against Winthrop at the Memorial Courts.
Mijares clinched the victory for Elon with a 6-2, 6-4 victory at No. 4 singles. Paccini earned a hard-fought 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (5-7), 10-8 win against Winthrop’s Diego Quiroz, who had only lost two singles matches heading into Friday’s contest.
Elon improved to 8-4 and has won six of its last seven matches. Winthrop falls to 6-7.
Four members of the 2014 Big South Conference women’s basketball championship teams along with coach Kevin Cook and assistant coach Christena Hamilton were recognized along with representatives of the other 28 championship teams during the Night of Champions halftime ceremony Friday during the quarterfinals of this year’s tournament in UNC Asheville’s Kimmel Arena.
The players from that 2014 team who were in attendance included former players Dequesha McClanahan, the all-time leading scorer in Winthrop basketball history who now lives in Oak Ridge, Tenn.;, Taylor Calvert, San Antonio, Texas, Tiffany Charles, Miami, Fla., and current player CiiCii Buford, Atlanta, Ga.