The excitement in USC Beaufort track and field coach Larry Kimball's voice told the story.
"Ty'Chelle just threw a bomb!" Kimball said by phone from Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium in Gulf Shores, Ala. "She's going to make the finals."
With her first throw at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, USCB junior Ty'Chelle Freeman launched the shot put 14.09 meters (46 feet, 2 3/4 inches), shattering her own school record and earning NAIA All-America honors with an eighth-place finish.
Freeman never topped that first throw, but four of her six attempts bettered her previous personal-best -- and school record -- of 13.36 meters. She was fifth among the nine throwers who made the finals and held on for eighth place, the final All-America slot.
"She came in here confident and she went out and did it," Kimball said.
Freeman is USCB's second NAIA All-American in track and field, joining Ashlee Eady last year in the high jump.
Juniors Joyce Miller and Melissa Carder will try to add to that list when they compete in the women's marathon at 7 a.m. Saturday morning.