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Adree Lakey: She Had a Hammer

September 13, 2007

This summer Adree Lakey used a hammer to craft a gold medallion for herself.

On her third throw at the 2007 NCAA Division II National Track and Field National, soft-spoken sophomore Adree Lakey threw the hammer farther than anyone in ASU history and, most importantly, farther than anyone in the 17-person field in Charlotte, N.C., to earn the NCAA national championship gold medallion.

Lakey made a lot of noise that afternoon as she became the eighth female individual national champion in Rambelle history with her toss of 184?4?, shattering the previous school mark, set nearly a decade ago, by almost 20 feet. In addition, she claimed All-American honors in both the shot put and javelin, earning 23 points at the national meet, sparking the Rambelles to a fourth place finish, the best in the 25-year history of the program.

“As soon as I let it go, I knew it was a good throw,” Lakey said. “I had been throwing the hammer better at the end of the year in practice and I knew if I could get one off at nationals, I could place pretty high. But I never thought I would win.”

A shot put and discus state champion while at Roby High School, Lakey had never thrown the hammer before attending college. In fact, she had never seen the implement before her arrival at ASU.

“I picked it up for the first time the fall of my freshman season,” Lakey said. “I just started out doing drills and kept working on it until I got more comfortable. As a freshman, it wasn’t one of my strongest events.”

In two years with the Rambelles, Lakey has now collected All-American certificates in each of her four throwing disciplines, also claiming the honor with a sixth-place finish in the discus as a freshman. With two seasons remaining at ASU, Lakey has a chance to become a multiple national champion, a feat never accomplished by a Rambelle.

“I feel that I can pick up where I left off in each of my events at the end of last year,” Lakey said. “I hope to defend my title in the hammer and I think I have a good chance to do well at nationals in my other events as a junior. My goal is to be an All-American in all four events this year.”