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May 23, 2013 8:14 PM by Andrew Masuda

Lompoc grad Chelsea Cassulo advances to NCAA Championship, sets new PR

Lompoc High graduate Chelsea Cassulo is peaking at the right time. Two months after she set a record at Arizona State and a few weeks after she won her first Pac-12 title, Cassulo set a new personal best in the women's hammer throw on Thursday at NCAA Division I West Regional in Austin, Texas.

Cassulo, who entered the regional as the top thrower in the nation, set a new personal best on her first throw of the day with a distance of 229 feet, 11 inches. It broke her previous best by 11 inches, which she set in March.

The mark of 229-11 ranks number one in the nation this season and it puts Chelsea the sixth-best thrower in NCAA Division I history. The top throw in NCAA history is 239-3.

Cassulo easily won the regional to advance to next month's NCAA Championship in Eugene, Oregon. The top twelve throwers in the regional automatically advanced.

San Luis Obispo High graduate AB Torres, a redshirt freshman at Colorado, competes in the women's long jump on Thursday. Oregon senior and Mission Prep grad Jordan Hasay runs in the 10,000 meter prelims as well.

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