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Raven Kelly became USF's first-ever individual outdoor national champion in school history on Thursday.
Raven Kelly became USF's first-ever individual outdoor national champion in school history on Thursday.
Women's Outdoor Track & Field - Fri, May 26, 2017

GULF SHORES, Ala. --- University of St. Francis senior Raven Kelly (Romeoville, Ill./ Romeoville) made history on Thursday at the 2017 NAIA Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships when she became the first-ever Saint to claim an individual national championship in an outdoor sport with her performance in the hammer event.

Kelly registered a throw of 61.33 meters (201 feet, 2.75 inches) to claim the national title and just missed breaking the NAIA record of 61.64 meters.  She becomes just the second student-athlete in USF history to win a national title as an individual matching teammate Jenna Moody (Joliet, Ill./ Plainfield Central), who did the same on the indoor side in the 400 meter dash this past March.

The Saints also gained a solid performance from their 4x800 meter relay team with an eighth-place finish (9:11.86) out of 19 teams.  The grouping was made up of junior Catherine Crosson (Plainfield, Ill./ Plainfield North), junior Lesley Lopez (Lyons, Ill./ Morton), junior Ashlee Knott (Washington, Ill./ Washington) and freshman Taylor Conroy (Marengo, Ill/ Marengo).   

The championships run through Saturday.