TUSCON--Four-time US Olympian and University of Washington alum Aretha Thurmond (left/photo by Paul Merca) finished second in the discus at the first day of competition at the 2013 Tuscon Elite Classic meet at Drachman Stadium on the campus of the University of Arizona.
Thurmond threw a season best of 204-1 (62.21m) to finish behind Gia Lewis-Smallwood's winning toss of 204-5 (62.31m).
More importantly for Thurmond, she threw past the IAAF 'A' standard of 203-5 (62.00m) needed to compete in this summer's world championships in Moscow. Currently only she and Lewis-Smallwood own the A standard.
Former Spokane high school standout Britney Henry finished fourth in the hammer competition in Tuscon.
Henry, who attended Lewis & Clark HS in Spokane, threw 227-6 (69.35m), as Jessica Cosby Toruga won the competition with a toss of 241-5 (73.58m).
Both Thurmond and Henry return to action in the second day of the Tuscon Elite meet on Saturday.
Meanwhile, two time US Olympian and former world champion Brad Walker announced on his Twitter feed that he will compete Friday in a pole vault competition at Paradise Valley CC in Arizona.