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One Wildcat Earns All-American Honors Setting School Record

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 27) -- Senior Tyler Fischer (Cashmere, Wash.) saved the best hammer throwing effort of his career for last, breaking the Central Washington University school record in the event and earning All-American honors at the 2010 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the Irwin Belk Track Complex in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday.

Also competing at the national championships were junior Torrie Self (Kent, Wash./Kent-Meridian HS) in the women's hammer and freshman Anthony Wright (Lakewood, Wash./Lakes HS) in the men's 100-meter dash, both of whom made their debut at outdoor nationals on Thursday.

Fischer, who entered the meet seeded 16th in the men's hammer, unleashed a school-record throw of 58.88 meters (193 feet, 2 inches) on his final throw of the preliminaries to advance to the event finals. He then had two more throws of better than 58 meters (190 feet, 3 inches) among his final three tosses, but none surpassed his school-record mark and he finished eighth in the event to become a track and field All-American for the second time in his career. Fischer had previously been a Division II All-American in the discus during the 2008 season.

Fischer's throw broke the previous record of 58.42 meters (191 feet, 8 inches), set by Evan Ruud during the 2007 season.

Ryan Loughney of Ashland (Ohio) won the men's hammer with a mark 66.60 meters (218 feet, 6 inches), which was one of four marks to surpass the 200-foot barrier on Thursday.

Neither Self nor Wright earned All-American honors in their respective events on Thursday. Self finished 14th in the women's hammer with a best throw of 49.54 meters (162 feet, 6 inches), which came on her first throw of the day. Self had been seeded 11th among the 20 competitors entered in the event with her school-record and season's best mark of 54.67 meters (179 feet, 4 inches), but she was nearly 17 feet shy of that mark in Thursday's action and she did not qualify for the finals of the event.

Wright, meanwhile, turned in his second-fastest 100-meter time of the season at 10.57 seconds but finished 10th in the preliminaries and did not advance to Saturday's finals in the event. Finishing fifth of seven runners in his heat, Wright was just two one-hundredths of a second shy of making the top eight and qualifying for the finals in his first trip to the national championships. His seed time of 10.43 seconds, which he clocked at the 2010 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championships on May 15, had been the sixth-fastest time in Division II this season.

With Fischer's eighth-place finish in the hammer on Thursday, Central Washington has now had at least one NCAA Division II outdoor track and field All-American in eight of the past 10 years, totaling 17 All-American awards over that span.
Erik Lanigan, high jump, 2001 (sixth place)
Justin Lawrence, triple jump, 2004 (sixth place)
Cameron Neel, shot put, 2005 (fourth place)
Mike Pankiewicz, 800 meters, 2005 (sixth place)
Cameron Neel, discus, 2006 (third place)
Cameron Neel, shot put, 2006 (fifth place)
Evan Ruud, hammer, 2007 (eighth place)
Tyler Fischer, discus, 2008 (fifth place)
Tyler Fischer, hammer, 2010 (eighth place)
Alicen Maier, 1500 meters, 2000 (fifth place)
Amy Forrey, 5000 meters, 2001 (seventh place)
Sarah Forrey, 3000 meters, 2001 (fourth place)
Alicen Maier, 1500 meters, 2002 (eighth place)
Terran Legard, 400 meters, 2004 (seventh place)
Katie McMeel, javelin, 2006 (second place)
Katie Hummel, 3000 meters, 2007 (fourth place)
Katie McMeel, javelin, 2007 (sixth place)
Krissy Tandle, shot put, 2007 (eighth place)