UM’s Stephanie Wells 25th at NCAA javelin

EUGENE, Ore. — Montana’s Stephanie Wells wrapped up her junior campaign and the Grizzlies’ outdoor season with a 24th-place finish in the javelin Thursday night at the NCAA track and field championships at Hayward Field. Wells was the only Montana athlete to make nationals this year.

“To get here and have this experience and not be a senior is a positive,” said UM coach Brian Schweyen. “To understand what it’s like and still have a chance to return, that’s a big positive and should be a big motivator for her to really get things rolling next year.”

Competing in the first of two flights, Wells, who was making her first appearance at nationals, had throws of 134-9, 143-6 and 144-0 to finish 24th in the 24-athlete field. The Silverton, Ore., native entered the meet with a season best of 153-8 and career best of 155-6.

“I didn’t do as well as I would have liked, but I did what I could,” said Wells, who competed three times at state meets at Hayward Field as a prep athlete. “The meet was exactly what I thought it would be, so I was confident and relaxed. I wasn’t scared at all.

“But regionals is nothing compared to the level of girls who throw here. It makes me realize I have a lot of work to put in.”

The top nine athletes in the javelin all broke 170 feet. Virginia Tech sophomore Irena Sediva won the event on her sixth and final attempt with a throw of 192-9 to overtake Texas Tech junior Hannah Carson, who finished second at 189-4. Oklahoma junior Elizabeth Herrs finished third at 185-1.

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