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LAURA GERRAUGHTY
Event:
Shot put
Height: 5-9
Weight: 200
PR: SP - 19.15m/62-10i (2004); HT 62.70m/205-8 (2003)
Born: July 29, 1983 in Nashua, N.H.
Current Residence: Chapel Hill, N.C.
High School: Nashua (N.H.) '01
College: University of North Carolina '06
Coach: Brian Blutreich
Agent: Valentina Fedjuschina
Club: unattached

Career Highlights: 2006 NCAA Outdoor champion; 2006 NCAA Indoor runner-up; 2004 Olympic Trials champion; 2004 USA Indoor SP champion; Two-time (’03 & ’04) NCAA Indoor SP champion; 2004 NCAA Outdoor champion; 2002 USA Junior SP and HT champion; 2000 USA Junior SP champion; 10-time All-American

Gerraughty closed out her career at UNC in 2006 as the most decorated female thrower in school history with her second NCAA outdoor shot put title. Her final throw of the day traveled 60 feet, 1 1/4 inches (18.32 meters) to top Nebraska's Becky Breisch by less than a foot. Gerraughty, who now has four career NCAA titles in the shot put, ends her UNC career as a 10-time All-America performer…Gerraughty won the women's shot put at the Olympic Trials to make her first Olympic team…Gerraughty had a big personal best in winning the shot put at the 2004 USA Indoor Championships. Her mark of 19.14/62-9.5 was a collegiate record, and she improved by another centimeter to win the NCAA Indoor title two weeks later (19.15/62-10)…she added the NCAA outdoor and Olympic Trials titles four months later…set the high school indoor shot put national record in 2001 with a throw of 16.43m/53-11...five-time New Hampshire State champion and state record holder in the shot put...two-time New Hampshire state champion and state record holder in the discus...Majored in linguistics and biology at UNC, is currently attending graduate school in the department of Exercise and Sport Science …athletes she most admires are Astrid Kumbernuss and Ramona Pagel…hobbies include drawing, watching Playmakers Repertory Company, dancing.

2006: USA Outdoor runner-up (18.24m/59-10.25)…NCAA Outdoor champion (18.32m/60-1.25)…NCAA Indoor runner-up (18.25m/59-10.5i)…NCAA East Regional SP champion (18.43m/60-5.75)…ACC SP, HT, DT champion (18.59m/61-0, 62.32m/204-5, 54.55m/179-0)…1st in SP, DT at Penn Relays (18.05m/59-2.75, 53.43m/175-3)…1st at Texas Relays (18.58m/60-11.5)…1st in SP (18.76m/61-6.75) and DT (54.98m/180-4)…1st in DT at Raleigh Relays (53.06m/174-1)…1st at Blacksburg (18.87m/61-11i)…ranked #2 in the U.S. by T&FN…bests of 18.87m/61-11 (SP), 54.98m/180-4 (DT), 62.32m/204-5 (HT).
2005: did not compete outdoors…7th in WT at NCAA Indoors (21.05m/69-0.75)…ACC WT champion (21.43m/70-3.75)1st in WT at Chapel Hill (21.43m/70-3.75). 2004: Olympic Trials champion (18.50m/60-8.5)…12th in Group A at the Olympic Games (16.47m/54-0.5)…NCAA Indoor (19.15m/62-10i, collegiate record) and Outdoor champion (18.26m/59-11)… USA Indoor SP champion (19.14m/62-9.5 collegiate record)…1st at Gainesville (18.54m/60-10)…1st at Chapel Hill (18.47m/60-7.25)…1st at NCAA Regional (18.54m/60-10)…1st at ACCs (17.70m/58-1)…ranked #1 in the U.S. by T&FN…best of 18.54m/60-10.
2003: NCAA indoor SP champion (18.06m/59-3), 7th in weight throw (19.67m/64-6.5)2nd at NCAA Outdoor (17.63m/57-10.25) 7th in hammer at NCAA Outdoor (201-2) 5th at Pan Am Games 3rd in SP and USA Indoors (17.50/57-5) and USA Outdoors (17.61m/57-09.50)established four UNC records during the season, in the hammer (62.70m/205-8), weight throw (19.98m/65-6.75), shot put indoor (18.06m/59-3) and shot put outdoor (18.82m/61-9)...named Penn Relays Individual Performer of the meet with a meet record of 18.44m/60-6 in the shot put and personal best of 62.69m/205-8 in the hammer...won four ACC Championships - indoor/outdoor shot put, indoor weight and hammer... Academic All-America best of 18.82m/61-9 in SP, 62.70m/205-8 in hammer.
2002:
USA junior champion in SP (58.73m/192-8) and hammer (17.52m/57-5.75) 3rd at World Juniors (54-6.5) 12th in SP, 13th in hammer at NCAA Outdoor ranked seventh in the U.S. Track & Field talent pool ... Set a PR placing first at the Texaco/BAAAs Pre-World Junior Top Athletes Classic in the hammer with a throw of 61.01m/200-2 ... 1st at Penn Relays in hammer (58.80m/192-11) and SP (17.18m/56-4.5) Also at Penn Relays, had first place finishes in both the hammer and shot put with throws of 58.80m/192-11 and 17.18m/56-4.50, respectively ... Runner-up at the Texas Relays with a discus throw of 51.48m/168-11 ... Runner-up in hammer throw at UNC Last chance (58.59m/192-2) ... best of 57-5 in SP, 61.01m/200-2 in hammer.
2001:
4th at USA Juniors SP best of 16.43m/53-11i.
2000: USA junior champion in SPwon National Scholastics in SP4th at World Juniors SP best of 15.82m/51-11.

3/29/05

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