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Winthrop’s Cooper finishes sixth at NCAA championship

Winthrop junior Marthaline Cooper
Winthrop junior Marthaline Cooper Courtesy of Winthrop athletics

Winthrop junior All-American Marthaline Cooper finished sixth at the 2016 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship weight throw event Friday evening at the Birmingham CrossPlex.

Cooper - the Providence, R.I. native who finished 10th in the hammer throw last spring at the NCAA championship - entered the competition with the second longest throw in the NCAA this spring. She didn’t match her personal best school record, but she came close with a throw of 21.24 meters. Her record throw of 21.94 meters was achieved at the Virginia Tech Challenge on Feb. 19.

Sixteen competitors took the field Friday in Alabama, with the top-eight earning first team All-America honors and the second eight making the second team. After earning first team honors, Cooper should head into the spring outdoor season with plenty of momentum to challenge for a hammer throw national title.

Vesta Bell, a senior at UC Riverside, won the championship with a throw of 22.42 meters.