CARSON, Calif. -- Sophomore Michelle Carter (Ovilla, Texas) finished second in the shot put with a personal-best 59-11 at the U.S. Championships on Friday to qualify for the World Championship team. She will still need to meet the 'A' standard of 60-0 by July 23 in order to travel to the world meet in Helsinki, Finland in August.
Carter opened with a foul and went into her fifth attempt with a top mark of 56-1. She improved to 57-0.25 after her fifth attempt before uncorking her personal best of 59-11 on her sixth and final put of the competition. She finished second to Olympian Kristin Heaston, who won the event with a put of 61-3.50.
In other action, sophomore Marshevet Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) recorded the second-fastest qualifying time in the first round of the 100 meters with an 11.32. Running into a head wind of .7 mph, Hooker edged Olympian Lauryn Williams by .01 seconds to win the second of three heats.
Although Hooker had qualified to compete in the long jump at the U.S. Championships, she decided to focus on the 100 meters and removed herself from the long jump's start list. She will now prepare for the semifinals of the 100 meters, which will take place at 2:25 p.m. (Central) on Saturday, June 25.
-- Marshevet Hooker*, 11.32
2. Michelle Carter, 59-11 (18.26m)
* - qualified for next round