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Portious pockets NCAA bronze

Kwame Laurence :: Trinidad Express :: 10.03.2019

Portious Warren saved her best for last in Alabama, USA on Friday night, throwing a personal best 17.41 metres to snatch women's shot put bronze at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division 1 Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Warren opened the competition with a 17.02m effort, the solid throw earning her fourth spot at the end of round one. The University of Alabama senior threw 16.38 in the second round, and slipped to sixth. She followed up at 16.94, fouled her fourth attempt, and threw 16.86 in round five.

Going into the sixth and final round, Warren was still in sixth spot and in danger of missing the podium. But the 23-year-old field athlete dug deep, throwing the iron ball 17.41m—a new school record--to jump into third spot. The big heave was a six-centimetre improvement on her previous best of 17.35.

Americans Samantha Noennig (Arizona State) and Lena Giger (Stanford) captured gold and silver, respectively. Noennig threw 17.91m, while Giger's best effort was 17.89.

After the competition, Warren expressed her satisfaction.

"I told myself I am going to leave something for the ladies behind me here at Alabama. I wanted to give them something to chase and be the best. I am glad I got here, and all my hard work is paying off."

In a Facebook post, on Friday night, the Trinidad and Tobago thrower was full of gratitude.

"Last year I finished 11th but I wasn't about to make that stop me. It made me dig deeper enabling me to bring out a different version of myself. It's those setbacks that make an athlete strong, hungry and experienced.

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Portious pockets NCAA bronze
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POWERHOUSE: Trinidad and Tobago's Portious Warren proudly displays her National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division 1 Indoor Track and Field Championship women's shot put third place trophy in Alabama, USA, on Friday night. The University of Alabama senior threw the iron ball a personal best 17.41 metres  Photo courtesy University of Alabama

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