Atwater Adds All-American Honor, Ties Highest-Ever Track Finish
May 27, 2016
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WAVERLY, Iowa - Adding to her impressive sophomore season, Tanasha Atwater earned All-American status in the shot put with a third-place showing (14.50m/47-7) that tied the highest-ever Division III National Championship finish in the history of University of Dubuque women's track and field.
The Iowa Conference Field MVP was three inches from taking home the national title after leading the pack going into the eight-woman finals and came up winless for the first time in nine shot put competitions this outdoor season. Atwater's mark of 47-7 was attained on the second of her six throws and fell just short of her national best of 48-1.75/14.67m. The sophomore was one of 15 underclassmen of the 22 competitors as both the winner and runner-up were seniors.
The Davenport, Iowa native's third-place showing tied UD's Missy Ebenroth's third-place finish in the discus at the national meet in 1996. Atwater was only the fifth women's outdoor All-American overall.
Seeded 13th nationally coming in, she will have a second chance at a national title when she competes in the hammer throw, tomorrow, Saturday, May 28 at 11:30 a.m.