Toledo's Katie Dewey Places 40th in Shot Put at NCAA Preliminaries

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University of Toledo senior Katie Dewey concluded her weekend at the NCAA East Track & Field Preliminary Round in Jacksonville, Fla. on Saturday. Dewey finished in 40th place in the shot put with a throw of 14.88 meters.

The meet served as the final competition for the Rockets in their 2018-19 campaign.

"Overall, we had another strong season," Head Coach Linh Nguyen said. "We're losing some really great seniors and appreciate all their contributions to our program. At the same time, we have some great young talent returning as well as coming in and our future looks bright."

Dewey was the first Toledo thrower to compete in the NCAA East Prelims since Kyesha Neal in 2016. She also placed 26th in the discus on Friday with a throw of 49.24m meters.

"Katie came down here for the first time ever and competed really well," Nguyen said. "She finished about 20 spots above her seed in the discus and threw well during the shot. It was a great way to cap her Toledo career."

Senior Petronela Simiuc competed in Jacksonville on Thursday and placed 47th in the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:40.28. The race was run with temperatures in the 90s and high levels of humidity.

"Petronela had a tough race this week," Nguyen said. "She didn't feel very good the start and I think the record temps here may have played a role in that. She still had a great season and should be proud."

2019 NCAA East Preliminary
Jacksonville, Fla.
Thursday, May 23 - Saturday, May 25

Toledo Results
Thursday, May 23
1500m | First Round
47. Petronela Simiuc - 4:40.28

Friday, May 24
26. Katie Dewey- 49.24m

Saturday, May 25
Shot Put
40. Katie Dewey - 14.88m