Harbin Named Patriot League Female Field Athlete of the Week
Jan. 9, 2007
EASTON, Pa. - Junior Ashley Harbin (Carthage, N.Y./Carthage Central) has been named Patriot League Female Field Athlete of the Week, as announced by the league office on Tuesday afternoon.
Harbin reached an NCAA provisional qualifying mark when she threw 62'8 3/4" in the weight throw at the Carleton Crowell Open on Saturday afternoon. The throw was also an ECAC qualifying distance, and broke Lafayette's school record of 56' 8 1/2" previously set by Rhonda Snyder in 2001.
Harbin is well-accustomed to launching NCAA qualifying marks. Last season, she was a NCAA Championship qualifier in the hammer throw, where she finished 16th in the qualifying round, missing the finals by 4 ½'. Her 194' 7" toss in the hammer throw at the Penn Relays last year shattered Lafayette's previous school record by nearly ten feet.
Associate head coach Michele Curcio knows the type of off-season regimen Harbin has put forth to get off to a successful indoor season start.
"Ashley opened up well," said Curcio, who has worked with Harbin through her training. "I think after competing at a higher level, she trained at a higher level this fall. She has always had that inner desire and now it's there even more so to take it to that next level."
Harbin and her Leopard teammates return to action on Friday when they travel to the New York University Invitational, held at the Armory in New York City.
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