March 1, 2002
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Senior Ruth Kura (Potomac, Md.) had a strong showing among the best in the nation finishing in eighth place during the first day of the US Track and Field Indoor Championships.
Kura advanced to the finals of the weight throw competition with a toss of 62-8.75 but fouled three times during the round hurting her chances to better her distance. She was in high company throwing against the six-time defending U.S. champion and world record holder Dawn Ellerbe, who finished second.
Kura, who currently ranks sixth in the country at 66-9.25, will be in action next weekend at the NCAA Championships to be held in Fayetteville, Ark.
In her seven prior meets this season, Kura has finished first five times and second twice. She has shattered her own school mark by almost five feet during the course of the season.
The team's other representative, the 4x400-meter relay team, will run in the final event of the weekend that is set to start at 5:20 p.m. on Saturday.
Track contact: Chris Stuchko
Women Weight Throw ================================================================================= World: W 23.60m 2000 Dawn Ellerbe, USA American: A 23.60m 2000 Dawn Ellerbe, NYAC Name Year Team Finals Points ================================================================================= Finals 1 Anna Norgren Mahon Unattached 23.33m 76-06.50 5 21.26m 21.88m 22.47m 22.39m 21.30m 23.33m 2 Dawn Ellerbe NYAC 22.44m 73-07.50 3 22.03m FOUL 22.20m 22.44m FOUL 21.44m 3 Toyinda Wilson Indiana Invaders 21.67m 71-01.25 2 20.32m FOUL FOUL 19.06m 21.67m 21.40m 4 Amber Cambell Costal Carol 20.99m 68-10.50 1 20.74m 20.92m 20.12m 19.87m 20.59m 20.99m 5 Jukina Dickerson Florida 20.59m 67-06.75 20.14m 19.95m 20.42m 20.59m 19.93m 20.57m 6 Tara Loper Unattached 19.49m 63-11.50 19.16m 18.89m FOUL FOUL 19.49m 19.30m 7 Katy Craig Ohio State 19.48m 63-11.00 FOUL 18.60m FOUL 19.48m 19.37m FOUL 8 Ruth Kura Maryland 19.12m 62-08.75 17.85m 17.97m 19.12m FOUL FOUL FOUL 9 Alexandria Earl-Givan New Haven Age Group 18.40m 60-04.50 17.67m FOUL 18.40m 10 Beth Hilton Indiana State 18.33m 60-01.75 17.43m 18.33m FOUL 11 Michelle Boswell Mjolnir Thro 18.29m 60-00.25 17.93m 18.29m FOUL 12 Jennifer Folz Unattached 17.63m 57-10.25 FOUL 16.68m 17.63m 13 Serene Ross Purdue 17.59m 57-08.50 FOUL FOUL 17.59m 14 Dore DeBartolo Unattached 17.03m 55-10.50 17.03m FOUL FOUL 15 Kimberli Barrett Florida 16.82m 55-02.25 16.67m 16.82m FOUL 16 Erin Gilreath Florida 16.72m 54-10.25 16.06m FOUL 16.72m
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