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Natalie Baird Named All-East at ECAC Championships
Updated: Thursday 05/11/2012 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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William and Mary junior Natalie Baird (Sterling, Va.) earned her third All-East honor in as many trips to the ECAC Championships on Friday night, placing fifth overall in the women's discus with a throw of 45.92 meters (150-8).  One of two Tribe women entered in the three-day meet, Baird's four points has staked the College to a tie for 14th after four events.

Baird's throw of 45.92m is the 11th-longest in school history and of her career, and is the fourth-longest of the season for the junior.  She was second in the CAA Championships last week, and fourth at the Penn Relays the week before that.  Baird has been to the ECAC Championships in the discus three times now, placing sixth as a freshman in 2009 and fifth in 2010.  She had also qualified in the shot put this spring, but will forgo competing in that event to take one last shot at the discus Saturday at the Cavalier Challenge in Charlottesville.  To be invited to the NCAA Championship Preliminary rounds, Baird must rank among the top 48 throwers in the east, and currently, she is 55th.  She will be looking for a throw of at least 48.20m or 158 feet or better to be in position to make the field.

ECAC Championships - Team Standings after Four Events
1. Duke 31
2. Cornell 20
3. Army 16
4. Boston College 15
5. Syracuse 13
T14. William and Mary 4

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