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Harbin Ends Historic Career at NCAA Track and Field National Championships

June 11, 2008

DES MOINES, Iowa - Lafayette senior Ashley Harbin's (Clarksville, Tenn./Carthage Central) historic career came to an end on Wednesday afternoon at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field National Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

Harbin placed 14th in the preliminaries of the women's hammer throw, reaching a distance of 199' 2" on her second throw of the afternoon. She missed the cut by just 1' 5" as the top 12 finishers advance to the finals. Brittany Riley of Southern Illinois was crowned the champion with a throw of 211' 7".

The No. 9-ranked female entering the national championships will not leave College Hill empty-handed. Harbin earned All-East Regional honors with a third-place finish at the NCAA East Region Championships and won titles at the ECACs, Patriot League Championships and Penn Relays this season.

She leaves Lafayette as the school recordholder in the 20-lb. weight (66' 2¼") and the hammer throw (209' 0") and is the first female to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships. Harbin is a three-time NCAA National Championships qualifier in the hammer and became the first Lafayette female to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in the 20-lb. weight as a senior.