Bedard Earns 2ndTeam AA Honors at NCAA Outdoor T&F
EUGENE, Ore. – Colorado State junior Kelcey Bedard earned Second-Team All-America honors following her performance in the women’s hammer throw at the 2018 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Thursday at Hayward Field.
Bedard finished in 16th overall and seventh in her flight with a mark of 199-11 (60.94m). The top mark of the day for the Fort Collins, Colo., native came on her second attempt during the first flight. She had the same mark as Kent State senior Gabrielle Figueroa, who placed 17th, but Bedard won the tiebreaker based upon superior distance on her second-best throw. Bedard did not foul, while Figueroa fouled on her other two attempts.
Bedard, who is mentored by her father and head coach Brian Bedard, ranks second in program history in the women's hammer with a mark of 208-7. With that performance, which came at the 2018 Mountain West Outdoor Championships, the junior also ranks fifth in the event in conference meet history and sixth in Mountain West history.
"Obviously Kelcey wanted to PR and make a run at making the finals," he father/coach said. "I think that was in range for her, and I think she knows that after looking at the final results. It was her first time here and there's a lot more at stake in this meet, so it's a learning experience for her and part of the growing process. To hold on and earn Second-Team All-America honors is good for her.
"As a father, I'm proud of the fact that she got here, because it's not an easy process. She also almost had an opportunity to get in in the discus, so it was a big growing year for her. Next year, if I do my job right, she'll have a chance to do even better."
Junior Cole Rockhold of the Colorado State track & field team will be the final Ram to compete at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The Independence, Mo., native is set to run in the 5,000 meters at 8:25 p.m. MT/7:25 p.m. PT on Friday in his quest for All-America honors.