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Grand Forks' Shelby Frank wins back-to-back national discus titles

Grand Forks Red River shotput thrower Shelby Frank winds up at the Sertoma Indoor Invitational meet at the UND High Performance Center on Thursday, April 12, 2018. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

For the second year in a row, Grand Forks' Shelby Frank won the national discus championship at the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics in Greensboro, N.C.

How did the second title compare to the first?

"It's just as good," said Frank, who threw 157 feet, 8 inches last weekend to beat the 15- and 16-year-old field by more than 13 feet.

Frank, a 16-year-old junior-to-be at Grand Forks Red River, admitted she hoped to have seen a stronger opposition.

"Some of the girls from last year didn't come this year," Frank said. "They were some of the main girls who pushed me. I love that competition. I was disappointed they weren't there. The competition is what makes me perform my best."

Frank, a three-time North Dakota state high school disc champion, has a personal-best disc throw of 161 feet.

Frank's throw in the disc at the meet, which came on a hot and humid day, would have been good for second place in the 17-18 age group and only a foot behind the champion.

But Frank's biggest surprise at the meet was in the shot put. She entered the meet with a No. 13 seed but finished fifth.

"I practice disc way more than shot," Frank said. "I really focus on disc. I wasn't expecting to do that well, but I made it to finals."

Frank threw the shot 40 feet, 8 inches.

Frank is expected to draw considerable college track and field recruiting interest, although she said the process won't really start until Sept. 1 when schools are first allowed to contact her.

Tom Miller

Miller has been with the Grand Forks Herald sports department since 2004. He's also a Grand Forks native and UND graduate. 

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