In her final tune-up for the NCAA Indoor National Championships, Stanford University's Lena Giger finished second in the shot put to help the Cardinal women finish second at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Track and Field Championships in Seattle, Wash.
Giger, a three-time IHSA Class 2A state shot put champion (2012-14) while at Highland High School, recorded a distance of 56 feet, 5.25 inches (17.20 meters) on her final throw to lock up second place out of a talented field of throwers, some she will see again in a couple of weeks at the NCAA Indoor National Championships to end the indoor season.
Arizona State's Maggie Ewen won the event with a meet-record and facility-record throw of 63-3.25.
Giger's throw helped the Stanford women come in second place out of 19 teams with a final point total of 98.
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University of Southern California won the women's meet with 122 points. Rounding out the top five squads were Stanford (98), Oregon (84), California (56) and (UCLA 55).
"MPSF was definitely a good final tune-up, mostly just because I was able to compete with a handful of the top girls that will be at nationals," Giger said. "I am happy with my second-place finish, but I wish the distance would have been farther (but I think that's always the case). I was sitting in third through most of the meet and got bumped to fourth in the last round, but I was able to respond on my last throw and clinch second place with a throw of 17.20 meters. That last-round throw gives me a lot of confidence for nationals in two weeks, and I can't wait to be apart of one of the strongest NCAA women's shot put competitions we've ever had."
The indoor season-ending NCAA Indoor National Championships will take place March 9-10 at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.
Then the outdoor season begins with the Hornet Invitational March 16-17 in Sacramento, Calif.