Trinidad & Tobago’s Portious Warren posted University of Alabama first top-10 finish in the shot put in 26 years yesterday at the NCAA Outdoor Championships at historic Hayward Field, Oregon, USA.
The University of Alabama junior finished 9th in the shot put with a best of 16.92m, the 6th best in school history.
She joins former Crimson Tide All-American Hanna Glyfadottir as the second women’s top-10 NCAA finisher in the event in school history.
Glyfadottir finished 7th at the 1992 NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas. Warren’s.
All of Warren’s throws were in the 16 metres range (16.83m, 16.92m, 16.64m, 16.84m, 16.34m, 16.26m) but it was short of her season’s best and personal best (17.35m) and nowhere close to Maggie Ewen’s winning mark of 19.17m.
So it’s no surprise the Matura, Trinidad & Tobago native is disappointed with her performance.
“To be honest I’m a little disappointed in my performance. But it’s only forward from here. I have discus on Saturday so all my focus goes to that now. My season is long from over so is back to the drawing board and fixing what went wrong for the next couple of meets to come, Warren said in an interview with Sports At Your Fingertips.
Her head coach Dan Waters, is also positive.
“While I know she was pointing towards a better finish, I’m really proud of the job Portious Warren did today. She battled to get to the finals and ended up with one of the best finishes we’ve had in the shot put.”
Jamaican Gleneve Grange had an even more disappointing performance, failing to make the final three throws, fouling on her final two attempts after registering 16.70m on her first.