Taylor Potts placed eighth in the shot put at the USATF Junior Championships on Saturday
July 5, 2014
EUGENE, Ore. - Tulane freshman track and field star Taylor Potts put the finishing touches on a promising rookie year, as the native of Fishers, Indiana competed in the shot put at the USATF Junior Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon on Saturday.
Potts, who qualified and competed for Tulane at the NCAA East Regional Championships a little more than a month ago, placed eighth on Saturday with a toss of 14.26 meters (46-9.5). The throw was her fourth-best mark on the outdoor season, as she notched a personal-best toss of 14.93 meters (48-11.75) at the East Regionals.
The competition is organized by USA Track and Field, serving as an `American National Championship' for the sport. Like Potts, all of the athletes participating were of ages 16-19 and were compromised of the best high school seniors and collegiate freshmen in the country.
Potts had an outstanding freshman season, as she became the first true freshman at Tulane to qualify for the NCAA East Regional in a throws event since Ana Ruzevic did so in the javelin back in 2009. Potts aforementioned mark of 14.93 meters (48-11.75) ranks second in Tulane outdoor school history.
The rookie competed in nine of Tulane's regular-season meets, as well as the Conference USA Championships, the NCAA East Regionals and Saturday's USATF Junior Championships. She won two event titles during the outdoor season: at the Tulane Team Challenge on March 29 where she made a throw of 13.59 meters (44-7) and again at the Black and Gold Invitational in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on March 3 with a throw of 14.88 meters (48-10). She placed on two occasions, while placing third once.
She also had a stellar indoor campaign, as she earned the Bronze Medal during the Conference USA Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Alabama. There, Potts notched a toss of 14.66 meters (48-1.25) for her top mark on the indoor season. She was one of four medalists for the Green Wave at the C-USA Indoor Championships, and the lone true freshman to do so. Her toss of 14.66 meters (48-1.25) also ranks second in school history.
During the indoor season, Potts competed in five regular-season meets, as well as the C-USA Indoor Championships. The Fishers, Indiana, native burst onto the scene with a throw of 12.48 meters (40-11.5) at the BSC Panther Icebreaker during her collegiate-debut on Dec. 6. Potts bested that mark on three different occasions during the indoor season, culminating in her performance at the C-USA Indoor Championships.
Potts became the second-consecutive Tulane track and field student-athlete to compete at the USATF Junior Championships, as rising junior Tamika Brazzel wrapped up her freshman campaign last summer at the event in Des Moines, Iowa, in the long jump and triple jump.
Saturday officially marked the final event for the Tulane track and field team on the season.
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Tulane Results for the USATF Junior National Championships
Women's Shot Put
8. Taylor Potts, 14.26m (46-9.5)