EUGENE, Ore. — Akealy Moton placed eighth in the shot put to lead a trio of North Dakota State women's throwers on Thursday at the U.S. Olympic trials.
Shelby Gunnells and Maddy Nilles were also competing on Wednesday.
In the finals, Moton's third throw, a toss of 58 feet, 8 3/4 inches, clinched her a seventh-place spot to advance to the final three throws. That mark proved to be her best of the night, and she finished in eighth place. The top three finishers advanced to the Olympics. Jessica Ramsey earned the top spot with a throw of 66-0 1/4.
Shelby Gunnells placed 16th in the shot put qualifying round with a toss of 55-9 1/4. Maddy Nilles finished 15th in the hammer throw qualifying round with a mark of 217-5.