WACO, Texas — Alyssa Wilson of Texas State smashed the stadium record at Clyde Hart Track & Field facility here in Waco, Texas, on Friday (22) after throwing 73.20m (240-02) to win the event at the 2022 Michael Johnson Invitational.
Maddy Niles picked up second place with a mark of 65.08m and Hannah Link of Baylor ended third with 55.92m, but the highlight of the competition was without a doubt the Texas State champion.
Wilson, who enjoyed yet another productive throwing series in the circle today, became only the fourth different NCAA athlete to register a hammer throw of 73.20+ meters, according to the Bobcats’ website.
The 23-year-old tossed the hammer to her winning mark in just the first round of the competition and also did 72.35m and 70.11m in the third and sixth rounds as well.
Wilson’s dominating mark on Friday bettered the previous stadium record from 68.21m, which was set by Janee Kassanavoid of K-State in 2018, and also smashed her own Texas State school record, which she set at a home meeting in San Marcos, on 26 March with 71.36m.
The throw is the second-longest collegiate mark in the country in 2022 and the sixth-best on the world’s top list.
Wilson, who entered the week sitting ninth among the NCAA DI all-time performers in the women’s hammer throw, moved all the way up to No. 4 on that list.
She now only sits behind California’s all-time best performer Camryn Rogers (75.73m / 248-6), former Arizona State star Maggie Ewen (74.53m 244-6), and Northern Arizona ex-standout Brooke Andersen (74.20m / 243-5) in NCAA history.
Wilson’s measure also surpassed the 72.50m World Athletics Championships qualifying standard for this summer’s event in Eugene, Oregon.
Meanwhile, Wilson finished second in the women’s discus throw, but added another Texas State school record in the process with a mark of 57.61m / 189-0 which bettered her own previous mark by nearly two feet.
Alexandra Emilianov of Kansas threw 60.51m for the win.