Danniel Thomas became Kent State's first female to capture a national track and field championship when she unleashed a record-shattering heave of 62-10 at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Thursday night at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
The throw by the Golden Flashes' redshirt senior from Jamaica set an NCAA Championship meet record, currently ranks fourth in the world, and is the second-best collegiate throw of all time.
Thomas entered this year's national event ranked second in the country in the shot put with a Kent State, Mid-American Conference and Jamaican national record toss of 60-8. She bettered that mark twice on Thursday, also recording a throw of 62-2.25 that's the fourth-best collegiate mark of all time.
Thomas is the second national champion in Kent State track and field history. She joins Matthias Tayala, who captured the hammer throw title in 2014.
For more on Thomas and Flashes track and field, see the print and online editions of Friday's Record-Courier.