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May 20, 2019
While an overall team title wasn’t in the cards for the ASA Miami men’s or women’s track and field teams this past weekend at the 2019 Division-I Outdoor Track and Field Championship Meet at the Ross Black Track Complex in Hobbs, New Mexico, there was still plenty to celebrate.
Three Silver Storm student-athletes received All-American status for their performances at the national meet. Sophomore Nyakuome Thichiot earned it for her placing sixth overall in the triple jump; freshman Oscar Campos for his fourth-place finish in the javelin; and while sophomore Antonella Creazzola couldn’t defend her 2018 hammer throw title, she was still named an All-American after coming in second in her signature event.
ASA Miami head coach Jeff Campbell classified the trip an overall success.
“Pretty good trip overall. Didn’t come back with as many medals as we would’ve liked, but still came back with some hardware,” Campbell said. “We had a handful of kids attain [personal bests] and three kids receive All-American status – overall, I’d say that’s pretty good. Even without medals, it’s still a great thing to end the season on.”
Creazzola held the lead in the hammer throw after her first few attempts but was overtaken by eventual champion Devia Brown from Central Arizona Community College. Creazzola’s best throw was a 56.55-meter toss, but Brown broke the national record on her best throw – sending the hammer 59.90-meters.
“Some days you have it, and some days you don’t,” Campbell said of Creazzola. “I was proud of the way she competed throughout. She had the lead for a bit, but when you have another competitor break a record, there isn’t much you can do about that.”
Campos fourth-place finish stung a bit, given he was penalized for a scratch on what would’ve been his best throw of the event and could’ve possibly propelled him into first or second place.
“The officials said [Campos’] hand touched the scratch line. If it did, it barely touched it. Things like that happen…can’t get mad about it,” Campbell said.
Sophomore Max Zelliner set a new personal best in the long jump – clearing 21-feet, 7.5-inches; sophomore Kimani Miller also set a personal best with his 13.90-meter leap in the triple jump; and sophomore Takira Brown ran her personal best time in the 100-meter dash – breaking the 12-second barrier for the first time with an 11.97 time.