Catylynn Duff, former Culver track star, named NAIA All-American
Catylynn Duff just keeps on winning awards.
The Culver High School graduate was recently named an NAIA All-American in track and field for the fifth time in four seasons at College of Idaho. At the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which were held May 25-27 in Gulf Shores, Alabama, Duff placed second in the hammer throw and 18th in the discus.
Prior to the national championships, Duff also had a big day at the Cascade Collegiate Conference Championship, winning the hammer throw, taking second in the discus and placing third in the shot put. For her efforts at the CCC Championship, which was held May 13-14, Duff was named the Female Field Athlete of the Meet. It was Duff's second consecutive conference title in the hammer throw.
At the NAIA Championships, Duff threw the hammer 54.73 meters (179 feet, seven inches) to fall just short of the top mark, which came from Kiara Anderson of Hastings College (55.21m). Still, the Culver grad improved her placement from the year prior, having finished fourth in the 2021 finals. After setting a new PR of 44.01 meters in the discus at the CCC Championship, Duff fell short of that distance at the national finals. Her toss of 41.84 meters put her out of the team scoring for that event, though she scored over half of College of Idaho's 15 points thanks to her silver medal in the hammer throw. Duff placed 15th in the discus in 2021 but saw that placement drop to 18th this season.
Earlier in the year, Duff won a national title in the weight throw at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships, held March 3-5. Just before that, she demolished her own school record in the weight throw, recording a toss of 18.69 meters at the Polar Vortex Classic, held Feb. 18-19.
At Culver, she was a three-time 2A state champion, winning the discus title in her junior and senior seasons and adding the shot put crown as a senior.
As a freshman in college in 2019, Duff earned All-conference honors and qualified for the NAIA Outdoor Championships in the discus. She was second in the CCC Championships in the discus and fourth in the hammer throw in her first season.
In 2020, as a sophomore, Duff qualified for the NAIA Indoor National Championships in the weight throw, taking 10th overall. She was named to the Cascade Conference All-Academic Team and a NAIA Scholar Athlete.
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