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Red River graduate Shelby Frank earns first-team All-American honors at NCAA National Championships

Frank finished sixth in the discus to conclude her outstanding sophomore season at the University of Minnesota.

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Grand Forks Red River graduate Shelby Frank, a sophomore at the University of Minnesota, earned first-team All-American honors in the discus at the 2022 NCAA National Championships.
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EUGENE, Ore. — Discus throwers battled through rainy conditions Saturday at Hayward Field.

But the conditions didn't stop Grand Forks Red River graduate Shelby Frank from earning first-team All-American honors at the 2022 NCAA National Championships.

Frank threw the discus 180 feet (54.87 meters) to finish sixth place in the meet.

Frank reached the final with a second attempt of 177-9. She jumped from eighth to sixth with her final attempt.

The winner was Arizona State senior Jorinde Van Klinken, who threw 203-11. She was followed by Kansas senior Alexandra Emilianov (191-9), Texas Tech junior Malin Smith (186-3), Oklahoma senior Lauren Jones (181-11) and Texas Tech senior Seasons Usual (181-7).

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Frank was the only underclassman to finish in the top eight.

This marks the second time Frank has earned All-American honors in the discus. Last year, as a freshman, she was a second-team All-American.

The meet capped an outstanding sophomore season for Frank.

In April, she set the University of Minnesota school record in the discus with a 190-3 throw in Baton Rouge, La.

Frank was the only Gopher women's track and field athlete to earn first-team All-American honors this season.

In high school, Frank won four consecutive North Dakota state discus titles as an eighth-grader, freshman, sophomore and junior. The state meet was wiped out her senior year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

She also won back-to-back shot put titles as a sophomore and junior.

Schlossman has covered college hockey for the Grand Forks Herald since 2005. He has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the top beat writer for the Herald's circulation division four times and the North Dakota sportswriter of the year once. He resides in Grand Forks. Reach him at bschlossman@gfherald.com.
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