Top 10 of 2016 – No. 9: Garcia dominates D-II discus world

Photo courtesy UCO Photographic Services.

Central’s Mariah Garcia excels in the weight throw and the shot put in field events, but she made her mark in the record books this year with the discus.Gradient2plusUCO

The then-sophomore became UCO’s first-ever NCAA Division II outdoor national track and field champion, as she won the discus title with her next-to-last of six throws on the day. She won the title with a 172-foot-8 throw.

Interestingly enough, that was far from her best toss of the year.

Before she won the national title and the MIAA title, Garcia won the John Jacobs Invitational in Norman. Her winning discus throw went 192-foot-8. The toss was not only the best in Division II on the year, it also set a new record for discus throw in the state of Oklahoma on any collegiate level.

 

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