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Four All-Americans, no champions

By mrasor Published: June 9, 2006


Akron's two best hopes for a national championship fell short today at the NCAA Championships.

Ashley Kaufman placed eighth in the javelin. John Russell was sixth in the pole vault. On the bright side, that makes both of them All-Americans. So was Tomasz Smialek, who placed eighth as well. High jumper Natalie Sako placed 12th, but also was an All-American since she was one of the top eight Americans in her competition.

I meant to cover this better, but I've been driving home from Indy. Comments from coach Dennis Mitchell will be on the way.

CORRECTED ON SUNDAY: Akron had four All-Americans with Sako getting in because she was one of the top eight American women high jumpers.

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