ATLANTA, Ga. – It's been almost two years since Alyssa Andersen first set the Belmont University record in the hammer throw that two other Bruins have since surpassed. Friday at the Georgia Tech Invitational, the Belmont senior leaped back to the top of the women's track and field record book.
The senior Andersen (Oswego, Ill.) unleashed her best career throw of 54.85 meters (179-11) to once again claim hold of the Belmont hammer record. It earned her fifth place in Friday's event.
"It wasn't perfect, but the connection and the counter were better than usual," Andersen said of her record toss. "It's been a couple of years since my last PR, so it felt pretty nice that it finally happened again and during my senior year."
It's by far Andersen's best throw, topping her previous best dating back to the 2016 outdoor season when she set the then-record of 52.90 meters. Only twice in competition had she reached a throw of at least 52 since then.
Only one athlete in the Ohio Valley Conference had posted a distance greater than Andersen's 54.85 entering this week's meets.
"Today was pretty special for her," said Belmont Assistant Track Coach Joe Frye. "She's really come along these past few weeks and I'm hoping she can bring this type of performance into the conference meet in three weeks."
Alyssa Andersen is back on top! Two years after setting the @BelmontXCTF hammer record, Andersen regained her crown with a throw of 54.85 meters (179-11) Friday!#Itsbruintime pic.twitter.com/OIY5K3uc1t— Belmont Runners (@BelmontXCTF) April 20, 2018
Right behind Andersen in the hammer throw finish was freshman teammate Jessica Mattsson (Tierp, Sweden), who broke the Belmont record in the event twice earlier this season. She threw 53.93 on Friday, just short of her second record-breaking mark of 54.57.
Junior Karly Hibbard (Edmonds, Wash.) provided the top overall placing by taking second in the javelin throw. She covered a distance of 41.85 meters to take silver.
Senior Sally Larson (Fall City, Wash.) also had a top finish in the 5,000 meters, finishing sixth in 17:10.46.
The Georgia Tech Invitational continues Saturday in Atlanta.
BELMONT WOMEN'S RESULTS
17. Jessica King, sr. — 4:40.38
22. Kiera Weems, sr. — 4:44.66
28. Caroline Daniel, fr. — 4:49.13*
6. Sally Larson, sr. — 17:10.46
12. Kortney Schardt, so. — 17:38.48
15. Sierra Lax, so. — 17:47.35*
16. Alexa Yatauro, sr. — 17:49.08*
20. Ali White, fr. — 17:53.22*
33. Gabrielle Yatauro, sr. — 18:26.02
39. Caroline Pruitt, fr. — 16.49
5. Alyssa Andersen, sr. — 54.85m (179-11)^*
6. Jessica Mattsson, fr. — 53.93m (176-11)
2. Karly Hibbard, jr. — 41.85m (137-4)