Southern Illinois senior Jeneva McCall of Dolton won her third NCAA throws title Thursday, taking the hammer in the championship meet at Des Moines, Iowa.
McCall, a Thornridge grad, had the two longest throws of the competition, with a winner of 225 feet, 3 inches. That beat runner-up Brittany Smith, a junior from Illinois State and Oak Park-River Forest, by eight inches.
McCall, daughter of former heavyweight boxing champ Oliver McCall, previously had been NCAA champion in the weight throw (or indoor hammer) last winter and the outdoor discus in 2010.
She is a 2012 Olympic team contender in the hammer, having made the world championship team last summer.
McCall finished ninth in the discus Wednesday. She and Smith both will compete in the NCAA shotput Friday.
Andrew Riley of Illinois won his semifinal heat in 13.30 seconds to qualify for Saturday's final of the 110-meter hurdles, in which he won the title in 2010 and finished second last year.
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