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Cox named All-American in shot put

Senior finishes career with eighth place finish at NCAA Championships

June 11, 2010 · Christian Lemon

EUGENE, Ore. - Middle Tennessee's Brittany Cox ended her outstanding Blue Raider career on Friday at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. The senior placed eighth in the shot put with a recorded toss of 53-4.5 (16.27m) to earn her first All-American honor.

In the illustrious tradition of Middle Tennessee track and field, 36 athletes have earned All-American honors. However, Cox becomes the first female to garner the title in a throwing event and the first thrower since Brian Oldfield in 1965 to take the award in the shot.

Cox's toss of 53-4.5 (16.27m) came on her second throw of the competition. Florida's Mariam Kevkhishvili won the event with a mark of 59-5 (18.11m).

In her four years in Murfreesboro, the Antioch, Tenn., native has established herself as the top female thrower in school history. She holds school records in the indoor and outdoor shot put, the indoor weight throw and hammer throw, while setting Sun Belt standards in the indoor and outdoor shot put and the indoor weight throw. Cox has taken five individual Sun Belt titles.

Cox's one team point combined with Sarah Nambawa's eight points scored in yesterday's triple jump, give the Lady Raiders nine total placing them 25th overall. Nyeisha Wright will look to add to that number as she is set to enter the long jump on the Saturday, the final day of competition. Stanley Gbagbeke will enter the men's long jump.

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