ATLANTA – For the second time in two weeks, Belmont women's track and field athlete Jessica Mattsson has broken the school record in the hammer throw.
The sophomore Mattsson (Tierp, Sweden) extended her own record in the event with a win at the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta. She threw 57.70 meters (189-4) to surpass the record by nearly two full feet, which extends her lead in the Ohio Valley Conference in the hammer out to 2.5 meters.
Mattsson had broken former teammate Alyssa Andersen's record with a throw of 57.16 meters (187-6) at the Hilltopper Relays on April 5.
The record-breaking performance from Mattsson highlighted a strong day for the Belmont women's track throwers across two big meets. Mattsson's teammate and sophomore countrywoman Maja Gustafsson (Västerås, Sweden) won the javelin event at Georgia Tech, while senior Karly Hibbard (Edmonds, Wash.) put up impressive numbers while competing at the Bryan Clay Invitational out in Azusa, Calif.
Gustafsson threw 42.19 meters (138-5) to best a small group of javelin throwers in Atlanta. Hibbard was sixth in the javelin at the Bryan Clay Invitational despite a superior throw of 44.86 meters (147-2). That was due to the deep and talented field of 42 throwers from around the country.
Hibbard also added a 21st placing in the shot put with a throw of 12.45 meters (40-10.25).
Other top Belmont finishers Friday included sophomore Ruth Wiggins (Memphis, Tenn.) running a 4:50.88 to take 22nd in the 1,500 meters, and senior Gabrielle Yatauro (Huntington Beach, Calif.) running 18:14.86 for 34th in the 5,000.
The Georgia Tech Invitational concludes Saturday in Atlanta.
GEORGIA TECH INVITATIONAL
22. Ruth Wiggins, so. – 4:50.88
34. Gabrielle Yatauro, sr. – 18:14.86
42. Mallory Young, jr. – 18:45.08
44. Maria Brauer, jr. – 19:19.84
1. Jessica Mattsson, so. – 57.70m (189-4)*^
1. Maja Gustafsson, so. – 42.19m (138-5)
7. Grace Maniscalco, so. – 30.42m (99-10)
BRYAN CLAY INVITATIONAL
6. Karly Hibbard, sr. – 44.86m (147-2)
21. Karly Hibbard, sr. – 12.45m (40-10.25)