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Montana State senior Josh Henigman capped a tumultuous senior season on Friday by achieving his dream, capturing All-America honors in the hammer throw at the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif.

Henigman's toss of 210-11 on his second throw was just inches from his school record mark of 211-3 set two weeks ago at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships, and stood up for eighth place at the NCAA meet.

"Josh had a really strong performance," said MSU coach Dale Kennedy. "Each of his throws were solid. This is a great way for him to finish his career, and we couldn't be more thrilled for him."

By garnering All-America honors, Henigman, a senior from Bridger, became Montana State's 11th All-American, and the first since Lyle Weese in 2002.

He also became the third Bobcat thrower to earn elite honors, joining Olympian Lance Deal in 1984 and Ken Christison in 1963, but only the second man in Big Sky history to earn All-America honors in the hammer (joining Nevada's Kim Johansson, who finished seventh in 1991). His 210-foot throw is the best ever by a Big Sky hammer thrower.

Two other Bobcats chase All-America status today. Erin Jones-Graf finished the first day of the heptathlon competition with 3,239 points, 13 points more than her previous best first-day total and in ninth place. She posted the first-day PR on the strength of multi-event personal bests in the shot put (38-9.75) and high jump (5-6.5).

Sophomore pole vaulter Ellie Rudy also competes today. The Woodland Park, Colo., product stands 12th out of 16 after one round of competition.

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