Loht steals 4th at NCAA tournament

EUGENE, Ore. – Penn State junior Laura Loht and sophomore Lauren Kenney earned first-team All-America status for the second-straight year, thanks to fourth and fifth-place finishes in the women’s javelin, Wednesday at the NCAA Outdoor Champions at Historic Hayward Field.

In danger of not making the final and down to her last attempt, Loht provided a clutch performance, turning in a personal best 172 feet, 6 inches (52.58) to move to third overall and earn another three throws. Kenney posted her top effort on her first throw, going 175-3 (53.42).

The action then heated up in the final – including a toss of 180-3 (54.95) by eventual winner Freya Jones of Georgia – but Loht wasn’t done, launching a lifetime-best toss of 176-9 (53.88) on her penultimate attempt – the third-best throw in school history. Loht’s personal record was good for fourth, while Kenney’s best held up for fifth. The efforts mark the duo’s second-straight top five showing at the NCAA championships, as Loht took third and Kenney took fourth a year ago. Both Nittany Lions are now two-time USTFCCCA First Team All Americans.

The javelin has been PSU’s most prolific event at the NCAA level on the women’s side with 17 All-America finishes in program history.

An Indian Valley graduate, Loht’s accomplishments Wednesday were part of a strong junior year for the Nittany Lion, including her second-straight win in the javelin at the Penn Relays.