Andersen Continues Her Stellar Performance, Breaks Big Sky Hammer Throw Record Friday

Northern Arizona's Brooke Andersen (Credit: Nate Barrett)
Northern Arizona's Brooke Andersen (Credit: Nate Barrett)

IRVINE, Calif. – If Lumberjack fans thought Northern Arizona University thrower Brooke Andersen's indoor track and field season was impressive, they soon learned Friday morning that even greater things could be in store for her outdoor season.

Andersen—competing and representing NAU in the hammer throw event for the first time since 2015 (she redshirted last season)—promptly surpassed the Big Sky record on her second attempt at the UC Irvine Spring Break Invitational today, only to top that mark just three throws later with a personal-best 221-03 (67.43m) bomb.

Fittingly and unsurprisingly, Andersen's mark was tops in the competition Friday morning, marking her ninth-career victory in this particular event. Two years ago at this very meet, she also took home first-place.

Contextually, Andersen's 67.43m throw today would have finished third at last year's NCAA West Preliminaries meet and second at NCAA Outdoor Championships.

As of this very second, with results yet to be fully updated on TFRRS' website, Andersen would have the top throw in the nation.

Andersen's teammate Tiana Hatler-Stefick finished in second place today with a meet-best throw of 174-07 (53.21m). Rachel Pott also competed in the same hammer event, placing ninth with a career-best 152-09 (46.56m) toss.

On the men's side, it was Big Sky record holder and 2016 NCAA All-American Adam Keenan winning the day and competition with a meet-best 225-02 (68.64m) throw on his last attempt from the circle.

Again, given the same caveat considered above with Andersen, Keenan's throw Friday appears (as of now) to be tops in the nation. However, an official ranking will come at weekend's end.

Competing in his first collegiate hammer event, NAU freshman Jacob Kaufman tossed a sixth-place, 170-10 (52.07m) mark. Teammate Brady Williams finished right on Kauffman's tail in seventh-place with a PR of 168-10 (51.47m).

The UC Irvine Spring Break Invitational will continue tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. with the field events. Track events officially get underway at noon with the men's 4x100-meter relay.

Live stats can be found here if fans would like to follow along for themselves. Additionally, this weekend's meet program can be found here