EUGENE, Oregon – Bucknell freshman Maura Fiamoncini earned Second Team All-America recognition with a 13th-place finish in the javelin Thursday at the NCAA Championships, which were held at the University of Oregon's historic Hayward Field.
Fiamoncini finished as the fourth-best freshman in the nation. Overall, she finished just ahead of throwers from Minnesota, Auburn, and Georgia. The three throwers in front of her represented Auburn, BYU, and Fresno State.
“Although it was a not a great day for Maura, to finish 13th in the nation as a freshman is a great accomplishment,” Bucknell head coach Kevin Donner said. “She did look nervous and was pressing a little too much instead of keeping her body relaxed. This was her first NCAA meet and she will learn from it and be more mentally prepared next year.”
Stanford took the top two spots in the javelin with junior Mackenzie Little (198-0) winning the title and sophomore Jenna Gray (187-11) coming in as the runner-up. Florida State freshman Laura Paredes (181-0) was third.
The Bucknell rookie is the second All-American in program history. She joins Lonnie Fertik, who was fourth in the heptathlon in 1982. Laura Rycek was the last Bucknell woman to compete at the NCAA Championships and was an honorable mention with a 23rd-place finish in the javelin in 2011.
Up next for Fiamoncini is the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships, which will take place in Bloomington, Indiana, on June 15-17.
“She will be competing at the Junior Nationals against athletes her own age, and we are very excited about that,” Donner said.