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Red River graduate Shelby Frank set to compete at NCAA National Championships

The University of Minnesota thrower finished second in the Big Ten in discus this season.

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Grand Forks native Shelby Frank will compete at the 2022 NCAA National Championships in the discus for the University of Minnesota.
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EUGENE, Ore. — In April, Shelby Frank traveled to Baton Rouge, La., for the LSU Alumni Gold track and field meet.

The Grand Forks Red River graduate and University of Minnesota sophomore threw the discus, on her fifth attempt, 190 feet, 3 inches.

She broke the Gophers' school record with that throw and earned Big Ten field athlete of the week honor for the third time this season.

Frank became just the seventh Big Ten athlete ever to throw the discus 58 meters.

It has been an impressive track and field season for the former Roughrider and it will conclude this weekend at the NCAA National Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

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Frank will throw the discus at 4:05 p.m. Saturday in the finals. All attempts will be streamed live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.

There are 24 throwers in the fields. Frank will throw in the second flight.

The top seeding mark belongs to Arizona State's Jorinde Van Klinken at 63.55 meters.

This will not be Frank's first trip to the NCAA National Championships.

As a freshman, she also qualified and participated at the event. Frank placed 16th in discus at the 2021 NCAA National Championships with a throw of 177 feet, 11 inches.

Frank was named a second-team All-American as a freshman.

At Red River, Frank was a dominant athlete.

She 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.

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Frank also won back-to-back North Dakota state shot put titles as a sophomore and junior.

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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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