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Schumaker first at Oregon Preview

EUGENE — Gladstone’s Amanda Schumaker did herself proud at the recent Oregon Preview meet, launching the javelin 154-9 to win first place in competition with the state’s top female collegiate javelin throwers.

Schumaker, a senior at Western Oregon University, won the event handily. Her winning toss was 10-feet better than the runner-up toss by Portland State’s Allison Burkett, and 13 feet better than the best throw by Oregon’s Liz Brenner, who placed third with an effort of 141-5.

Schumaker’s throw met the NCAA automatic qualifying mark for the javelin.

A three-time NCAA Division II All-American, Schumaker placed third in the nation last year, with a throw of 158-5. She was sixth at nationals as a freshman and eighth as a sophomore.

A nursing major at Western Oregon, Schumaker holds Western Oregon’s school record for the women’s javelin, at 158-11.

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