Stevi Large became the third national champion in school history on Friday by summoning the two longest hammer throws of her career just when she needed it most.
Large's two throws were each independently good enough to earn her the national championship.
"It does not get much better than having two personal records and a national title on the same day," Large told GoZips.com. "It really has not sunk in yet."
Large is the track program's second national champion. Christi Smith won the heptathlon in 2000. Large is also Akron's second national champion this season. Jenna Compton won the individual air rifle national championship in March.
Coach Dennis Mitchell said this about Large's feat:
It really was amazing. She handled the competition and the ordeal of the long day so well. She fought hard and earned this title. The way the competition was, her being the leader after prelims, she saw what Sarah and Eva did and stepped in right after them and out-competed them. We have had some great athletes since Christi won the heptathlon in 2000, so his shows just how special it is to win a national championship. I can not express how proud I am of Stevi.
Large is one of three All-Americans from Akron this weekend. Daniel Kinsey placed 10th in the decathlon. Carrie Keyes took sixth in the pole vault. Akron's program has had at least one All-American every year since 1998.
The ABJ's Tom Gaffney spoke with Hunter Yurachek, who confirmed his interest in the promotion to athletic director from senior executive associate athletic director.
Zombie Nation, a Penn State blog, previewed Akron's season. You'll see some quotes in there from me.
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