Amanda Bingson joins the K-State Track and Field staff as the women's indoor volunteer assistant for the 2014 season. She is a former UNLV Rebel thrower who graduated in 2013 with a degree in interdisciplinary studies.
Bingson, coached by new Wildcat throws coach Greg Watson, is the current U.S. record holder in the outdoor hammer throw with a mark of 75.73 meters (248-05) set at the 2013 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. With that mark she qualified for the first time for the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow where she finished 10th in the hammer throw final. In 2012, Bingson made national waves when she qualified for the U.S. Olympic team with a second place finish at the Olympic Trials. She also placed first in the hammer throw at the 2012 NACAC U-23 Championships.
The former All-American did not begin competing in the hammer throw until her freshman year of college at UNLV as a walk-on. During her time as a Rebel, Bingson accumulated numerous accolades including four Mountain West Conference outdoor titles and Mountain West All-Conference honors her junior and senior year (2011-Indoor and Outdoor, 2010-Outdoor). A three-time outdoor Women's Outstanding Performance Award winner for the MWC, Bingson set the school record in the outdoor hammer throw her freshman year and proceeded to break her mark seven more times. Her mark of 71.78m (235-06) at the Olympic Trials remains a school hammer throw record today. Bingson also holds both the NCAA meet and MWC hammer throw record with her throw of 71.04m (231-01) at the 2012 NCAA Regional Championships. Along with the hammer throw, Bingson holds the school's record in the weight throw (21.42) and third-best outdoor discus throw mark (46.08m/151-2).
Bingson, a native of Las Vegas, Nev., attended Silverado High School where she lettered all four years in track and field. She helped the Skyhawks to four regional championships and two state championships. A 2008 graduate, Bingson was named the team's most valuable thrower all four years.