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Former Palo Verde standout Kiana Ortiz set javelin record in college

Kiana Ortiz (C-SC Photo)

Former Palo Verde standout Kiana Ortiz set a new distance record in the javelin throw for Culver-Stockton at the Viking Relays held at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday.

Ortiz won the javelin competition with a throw of 105 feet, breaking the previous school record of 103 feet, 1 inch set six years ago. Ortiz also plays basketball for Culver-Stockton along with her sister Aaliyah Ortiz.


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