By The Daily Item
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- District champion? Check. State champion? Check. All-American? Not so fast, Courtney McCartney.
All-American status is something that had eluded the Selinsgrove High School rising senior the last two years at the New Balance Outdoor National Championships. That is, until this past weekend.
After finishing one spot shy of earning All-American honors during her first two trips to nationals (only the top six finishers are honored), McCartney took care of business this time around by heaving the shot put 47 feet, 4 1/2 inches to claim second place in the Championship Division in the meet held June 13-15 at North Carolina A&T University.
McCartney's throw was nearly two feet behind her personal best this season of 49-0 3/4. Regardless, McCartney still would've been more than 7 feet shy of the winning throw of 56-7 1/2 of Raven Saunders from Charleston, S.C.
Saunders also holds the national high school record with a throw of 56-8 1/4.
"This was a special accomplishment. Courtney has certainly put in hours of training above and beyond to get to this level," said Selinsgrove coach Jeff Kiss. "Her family and friends have been terrific supporters, and her coach, Troy Hess, has done a tremendous job."
In addition, McCartney finished 16th in the discus with a throw of 126-1. Bryanna Hames of Charlotte, N.C., won with a throw of 155-5.
Other Seals to appear at nationals were Natalia Brown and Sara Arbogast, who both competed in the Freshman Division. Brown took 24th in the 100 meters (13.20), while Arbogast was 20th in the long jump (14-7) and 24th in the triple jump (30-11 1/4).
Elsewhere, Greenwood's Emily Fisher competed in the Emerging Elite Division and took sixth in the javelin (122-7) and 17th in the shot put (37-8 3/4).