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.