Air Force junior Sara Neubauer made history this afternoon (June 13), as she became the first Falcon in 13 years to claim All-America honors in multiple events at the same meet. During the final day of action at the 2009 NCAA Track and Field Championships, Neubauer finished seventh in the discus throw (163’5”) and claimed her second All-America award in as many chances.
With the field of 12 throwing into the wind, Neubauer opened the discus throw with a toss of 156’11”. She improved to 160’7” on her second throw and qualified to the final round with a toss of 161’0”. In the finals, she fouled off her first attempt, but responded with a throw of 163’5” and tallied a distance of 161’11” on her last chance. Her distance of 163’5” was the seventh-best throw of the meet and just a few feet shy of a top-three finish.
Texas Tech’s D’Andra Carter won the national title with a throw of 182’6”.
Neubauer picked up her second All-America award of the week, as she also placed eighth in the shot put on Thursday. She is the first Falcon to earn multiple All-America honors at a single meet since Marcus Nichols picked up a pair of certificates (pole vault, decathlon) in 1996.
The native of Bottineau, N.D., is the first female to accomplish that feat since Callie Calhoun won the 3000- and 5000-meter titles at the 1990 Division II NCAA Championships. In addition, Neubauer is only the second thrower ever to claim top-eight finishes in more than one event. She joins Mary Manning, who earned All-America honors in the shot put and discus throw at the 1982 meet.
The Falcons wrapped up a stellar week of competition at the national meet in Fayetteville, Ark., this afternoon. Air Force accounted for three All-America accolades and one Academy record. The three All-America awards are the most for an Air Force program in a single meet since Marcus Nichols and Eric Mark teamed up for three certificates in 1996.