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MAUREEN GRIFFIN
Event: Hammer
Height: 5-9
Weight: 225
PR: 64.74m/212-5 (2002)
Born: October 6, 1980, in Williamsville, N.Y.
Current Residence: Pocatello, Idaho
High School: Pocatello HS (Idaho) '98
Colleges: Arizona '99, Idaho St. '03
Coach: Dave Nielsen

Career Highlights: Three-time USA Junior HT champion ('97, '98, '99); 1999 Pan Am Juniors gold medalist; 1998 World Juniors bronze medalist; 1997 Pan Am Juniors silver medalist; 4th at 2002 NCAA Indoors WT.

Griffin started throwing the shot in fifth grade and was introduced to the hammer in ninth grade"It was my dad's idea. I had been throwing the shot and discus and I wasn't into it very much. My dad wanted me to keep throwing, so he got me into the hammer"Of her father, an active booster of the event, she says, "Without his enthusiasm I probably wouldn't have continued."She became one of the nation's top high school hammer throwers, despite the fact that it is not an official high school event in Idaho"I liked it a lot better than the shot and discus. It's fun, and it's good to be one of the first who are good at it."

2002: 3rd at NCAA Outdoors (63.89m/209-7)1st at Ogden (63.10m/207-0)1st at Missoula (62.20m/204-1)2nd at Penn Relays (62.16m/203-11)did not compete at USA Outdoors5th at Mt. SAC (64.74m/212-5)best of 64.74m/212-5.
2001: 4th at USA Outdoors (64.37m/211-2) 4th at NCAA Outdoors (63.38m/207-11) 4th at Mt. SAC Relays (62.84m/206-2) ranked #4 in U.S. by T&FN best of 64.37m/ 211-2.
2000: 8th at U.S. Olympic Trials (61.26m/201-0) best of 208-10.
1999: 10th at USA Outdoors (194-4)... won Pan Am Juniors won USA Juniors 8th at NCAA Outdoors won Pac 10 Champs best of 194-4.
1998: Won HT (181-3) at USA Juniorswon WT (58-3.75) at National Scholastic Indoor; 5th in SP (44-6.75)won HT (187-2) at Golden Westwon National Scholastic HT (187-10) bronze medalist at World Juniors (60.14)... 9th in HT (190-9) at USA Outdoors ranked #9 in U.S. in HT by T&FNbests of 201-7 and 43-8.5 (SP).
1997: Won USA Juniors (177-7)silver in Pan-Am Juniors (181-4)won WT (60-10.5) at National Scholastic Indoorwon Golden West HT (167-9)12th in USA Outdoors (167-1) bests of 190-0 and 44-4 (SP).
1996: Won Golden West HT (154-0)won National Scholastic HT (151-4)2nd in USA Juniors (159-3)best of 160-10.
1995: 14th in USA Juniorsbest of 130-7.

11/14/02

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