Schumaker third in the nation


Gladstone High School graduate Amanda Schumaker proved herself among the best female javelin throwers in the nation at the recent NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships in Pueblo, Colorado.

A junior at Western Oregon University, Schumaker earned All-American honors for a third consecutive year, placing third with a throw of 158-5. Schumaker placed sixth in the nation as a freshman, and she was eighth last year.

Seattle Pacific senior Brittany Aanstad (168-1) and Fort Hays State sophomore Makayla McPhail (160-9) were the only women with better throws than Schumaker at this year's nationals.

Earlier this year, Schumaker set a Western Oregon women's javelin school record, with a throw of 158-11 at the Long Beach Invitational.

Schumaker is a nursing major at Western Oregon.