Breisch finishes 11th in shot put

Published 8:28 am Thursday, July 22, 2004

By Staff
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Becky Breisch and Leann Boerema finished 11th and 12th, respectively, in the finals of the shot put at the U.S. Olympic Trials, while former Husker Joe Erdkamp was unable to qualify for the finals of the men's discus.
Breisch fouled on her first two attempts before unleashing a toss of 48-6 feet. Boerema's first throw of 48-3 1/4 turned out to be her best of the day.
Breisch, of Edwardsburg, earned All-America honors in shot put in 2004 with a third-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. She will be a senior next season.
Breisch finished third in her flight with a toss of 53-4 1/4 feet, while Boerema finished sixth in the same flight with a throw of 51-9. To qualify, each will need to finish in the top three of Friday's finals and achieve the Olympic "A" qualifying Standard of 60-10 1/2 feet.
Breisch is looking to qualify in the shot put after a heartbreaking fourth-place performance in the discus left her one place shy of qualifying for Athens.
During her four-year career, Boerema recorded a top-five finish in the shot put at all eight of the Big 12 Championships in which she competed, highlighted by a gold medal-performance in 2000 Big 12 Outdoor Championships.