University of Colorado senior Sophie Hallam-Eames started her outdoor season with a pair of third-place finishes at the 2016 New Zealand Track & Field Championships.

Hallam-Eames started her competition in the discus throw, earning her best toss of the series, 139 feet, 3 inches, in her first attempt of the season, which put her third.

The hammer throw was her other event and again she took home the bronze medal with her best mark at 173-0 on the fourth throw.

"Sophie has worked extremely hard to make this dream a reality," CU throws coach Casey Malone said. "Many athletes dream of finishing in the top three at any Olympic Trials, and Sophie has done so as her senior season outdoor opener. Not only did she have to persevere through 25 hours of flights but additionally she had to overcome a strong case of food poisoning the night before she competed.

"In spite of those challenges, Sophie managed to have the second-best hammer performance of her life and top five discus performance," Malone said. "I couldn't be more proud of her both for how she competed but also how she represented the University of Colorado."

The rest of the Buffs will open the outdoor season with the Jerry Quiller Classic on March 18-19 at Potts Field.