By Alberta “Harlequin” Chu, Editor-in-chief

Victoria “Escada” Merriweather, a senior at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC), placed third in the women’s weight throw at the 2017 NCAA Division I Indoor Track National Championships on March 11.

To complete in the championships, Merriweather had to qualify as one of the top 16 athletes of the country in women’s weight throw. She qualified on Feb. 17 at the Conference USA Indoor Track & Field Championships, where she took gold by throwing 21.40 meters. She broke the university’s record, previously held by herself at 20.73 meters, and the Conference USA record, previously held at 21.27 meters in 2007. Her performance allowed her to enter the NCAA Championships as the 14th seed.

At the NCAA Championships, Merriweather broke the UNCC record she held since the Conference USA Championships, three times. On her second throw of the day, Merriweather reached 21.42 meters, and she reached 21.48 meters on her third throw. Merriweather earned her spot for the third place by throwing 21.74 meters in her final throw.

“Honestly, if I had another throw, I probably would have broke it again,” Merriweather said. “You got to do what you came here to do.”

Merriweather started weight throwing as a freshman when she was enrolled at South Carolina State University, prior to transferring to UNCC in the spring of 2015. During her first year at UNCC, she broke the school record for weight throw and took third place at the Conference USA Championships. She has broken her own records every year since then, and she also holds the school’s records in discus throw and hammer throw.    

Merriweather said the difference between the NCAA Championships and other competitions was that she finally believed in herself.

“Everybody can believe in you, but until you believe in yourself, nothing can happen,” Merriweather said. “For once, I believed in me.”

“When you are at practice, you leave everything else behind,” she said. “Every practice is like a competition so you practice the way you want to compete.

“Never slack off.”

Merriweather Takes Third in Women’s Weight Throw at NCAA Championships.

Merriweather Takes Third in Women’s Weight Throw at NCAA Championships.

Featured Image: Victoria Merriweather

Article Image: Victoria Merriweather