Senior Gabrielle Alguire entered the 2017 NCAA Division III Championships Thursday with a chance to become the first Track and Field athlete at Susquehanna University to earn four All-American awards in the same event and completed the task with a fourth place finish on the first day of competition at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
Alguire was fifth with a 43.32 throw on her fifth attempt and then had a 43.78 meter (143' 8")toss in her final attempt to move into fourth place in the final standings.
The senior scholar athlete was seventh in the javelin as a freshman, fifth as a sophomore and second last year as a junior. Her fourth All-America finishes in the javelin is the best in school history and second only to Emily Lepley (8 awards) for career All-America honors among female athletes and third to Lepley and Mike Spangler (7) in Susquehanna school history.
"She is a one-of-a-kind athlete," said head coach Marty Owens. "When you consider her accomplishments in the classroom (four consecutive national scholar-athlete awards) and her performance as an athlete, it is just incredible."
Fellow Landmark Conference qualifier Mary Kate Duncan from Moravian won the national title while Elanta Slowek from Carthage was second and Megan Pohlmann from St. Catherine was third.
Alguire had throws of 41.39 and 41.38 in her first three attempts and then started the second round with a 38.34 before her two top throws of the day with the 43.32 and 43.78 on her final two attempts.