Bickleton's Annie Hess falls short in bid make Olympic team

EUGENE, ORE. - Bickleton's Annie Hess, the No. 8 ranked college female in the United States in the discus throw, competed for a chance to attend this summer's 2008 Olympics in China this past Friday but fell short in her bid.

In a field of 24 women Hess finished 23rd.

"I didn't do very well but it was a learning experience," she said.

Winning her second consecutive NAIA discus title this year with a personal best throw of 192-7, coupled with her No. 8 ranking, enabled Hess to compete at the Olympic trials this past weekend despite Hess not hitting the automatic qualifying mark of 193 feet.

Hess declined to give the distances for her first two throws in Friday's competition, only adding that they should have been scratches. Her third throw went a distance of 153 feet, well below her best and not close to the winning throw of 213 feet.

Hess will continue competition this summer by competing in the CACAC under-23 Championships in Mexico this July.

She will start her senior year at Concordia University in the fall and try for a third NAIA discus title.


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