LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell’s Maura Fiamoncini is set to represent the Bucknell women’s track and field team at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon. The freshman will compete in the javelin, which is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. (EST) at the University of Oregon's historic Hayward Field.
Fiamoncini qualified for the NCAA Championships with a fifth-place finish at the NCAA East Preliminary Round, where her top throw was 172-10. She was the second best freshman at the event.
“We are very excited for Maura and the program to be represented at the NCAA Championships,” Bucknell head coach Kevin Donner said. “She has been very consistent all season. For a freshman, she has handled the pressure beautifully. No matter how she does, the experience will only make her better in the future.”
Fiamoncini’s personal-best throw of 184-5 came at Susquehanna’s Jim Taylor Invitational and is the third-best throw in the nation this season. Only Stanford junior Mackenzie Little (192-4) and North Dakota State senior Alyssa Olin (191-6) have had better throws.
Consistency has been key for Fiamoncini in her rookie season. In seven meets her average scored throw was 174-11.
Twenty-four competitors qualified for the NCAA Championships in the javelin – 12 from the East Preliminary Round and 12 from the West Preliminary Round. The top eight finishers will be First Team All-America, while the next eight will be Second Team All-America.
The last Bucknell woman to qualify for the NCAA Championships was Laura Rycek in the javelin in 2011. She finished 23rd.