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May 5, 2012

NCAC TRACK & FIELD: Butler wins shot put on final toss

May 5, 2012 7:00 a.m. — Allegheny senior Lauren Butler remarked to one of her coaches that she was about to make what might be the last attempt at the shot put of her college career.

Far from savoring the moment, Butler stepped into the circle, went almost immediately into her throwing motion, and popped a personal-best toss of 12.31 meters (40 feet, 6 1/2 inches) to become Allegheny’s first gold medal winner at the 2012 North Coast Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Friday at Robertson Field.

“The more relaxed you are, the better,” said Butler, explaining her rather expeditious last hurrah in the event. “Try not to think about it. Get your mind off of it, because the more loose you are the farther you throw.”

And Butler certainly had to throw it far. Right before her last attempt, Ohio Wesleyan’s Hannah Benzing had a throw of 12.01 meters, and fellow Battling Bishop Hannah Philpot hit 12.25, which was, at the time, the top throw of the finals.

Up to that point, Butler’s best toss in the finals was her first round heave of 11.84 meters. She faulted on her second attempt.

The third, however, beat them all.

“Everyone threw so well (Friday),” said Butler. “It was really impressive. It was an impressive field. I think almost everyone that made the finals had a personal record.”

That includes Butler, who beat her former personal best of 12.28 that she had thrown earlier in the day in the preliminary round.

This was the second NCAC outdoor shot put title for Butler. She last won it as a sophomore. She has four indoor conference titles in the event.

Today, starting at 10:30 a.m., Butler will be aiming for her fourth conference title in the javelin.

“I’m definitely way more relaxed,” said Butler, who earlier this week won the Allegheny Student Athlete Advisory Committee’s Athlete of the Year award. “I know my career is winding down. And right now I just want to have fun and enjoy my teammates and enjoy my last bit of time here.”

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