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Blackwood Arkansas? most decorated thrower

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Blackwood Arkansas? most decorated thrower

Brandy Blackwood is one of Arkansas’ most decorated student athletes and throwers.

In a time when Florida was dominating the SEC throwing events, Blackwood stood out in the crowd with her eighth-place finish in the hammer throw at the 2004 SEC Championships in Oxford, Miss. Her points were vital to Arkansas picking up the 2004 SEC Outdoor Team Championship.

Blackwood holds the Arkansas records in the indoor weight throw and the outdoor hammer throw. She marked a toss of 68-6.5 in the weight throw at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. Her best hammer throw measured 192-9 at the 2005 NCAA Mideast Regional Championships in Bloomington, Ind.

Her school record weight throw in Fayetteville also earned her an All-America honor. She finished ninth at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships. She is one of just two Arkansas student-athletes to earn an All-America honor in a throwing event. Marie LeJour earned the accolade in the weight throw at the 2002 NCAA Indoor Championships.

Blackwood holds the top four places on Arkansas’ weight throw all-time list with tosses of 68-6.5 (No. 1), 67-4.75 (No. 2), 66-2.5 (No. 3) and 65-11 (No. 4). All four of her performances are from the 2005 indoor season.

She also holds the top three places on Arkansas’ hammer throw all-time list with tosses of 192-9 (No. 1), 192-7 (No. 2) and 190-10 (No. 3). All three throws came during the 2005 outdoor season.

Blackwood received her bachelor’s degree in psychology in May 2005.

The University of Arkansas’ Athletic Department recognizes its heritage and the countless contributions made by African-American student-athletes in all 19 of its varsity sports. The Razorbacks are proud to celebrate this great tradition and recognize some of the inspiring pioneers, great student-athletes and outstanding role models that have worn a Razorback uniform as a part of Black History Month.



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