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'Throwing' herself into Oregon Tech History

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Conley crowned as javelin National Champion

MEDFORD, Ore. -- A Javelin National Champion was crowned at the NAIA Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships and she wears an Oregon Tech jersey. 

In her final year at Tech, Alex Conley earned Oregon Tech their second individual national title in program history.

"It is so rare in sports, in track and field in general, to end your career with a championship, said Head Coach Mike Anderson. "It is extraordinarily rare and it's a great thing."

The senior threw a season-best mark in her final javelin preliminary throw, measuring at 47.27 meters. 

"I just couldn't stop smiling. Everyone was just so happy for me, it was just overwhelming," said Conley. "It just hit me and I started crying and got hugs from everyone."

Conley etched her name in OIT history, joining other National Champions such as Joelle Swanson, Tony Grant, Nick Bakke, Bryan Quinn, Bryant Sentman and Hunter Drops. 

Payton Mannie is a sports anchor/reporter at NewsWatch 12. You can reach Payton at

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