April 27, 2014 |
Florence's Curtis Thompson faced competition from New York, Pennsylvania, the Bahamas, and Jamaica on Friday at the Penn Relays. But to win a gold watch in the high school boys' javelin championship, Thompson had to top an all-too-familiar foe: Holy Cross' Chris Mirabelli. Thompson, the No. 6 seed, tossed the javelin 220 feet, 4 inches to secure second place and finish first among Americans. Mirabelli, a Burlington County League rival who was seeded seventh, took third with a throw of 207-7.
April 28, 2000 |
Of all the contestants in yesterday's women's javelin championship at the Penn Relays, the competitor from Florida - yes, Florida - was the only one to perform wearing a track singlet and shorts in the 45-degree chill and drizzle. However, despite her current location in Florida, Emily Carlsten is used to the cold. She comes from Rhode Island. And yesterday, she ignored the elements and won the college javelin with a throw of 163 feet, 11 inches. "I'll never do that again," Carlsten said of her attire in the cold.
August 28, 2012 |
A GERMAN sports official died Monday a day after being struck in the throat by a javelin. The 74-year-old man was officiating at a youth meet in the western city of Duesseldorf when the incident happened late Sunday, police spokesman Andre Hartwig said. He was immediately taken to hospital but died of injuries early Monday, Hartwig said. The local athletics association for Duesseldorf and Neuss identified the man as Dieter Strack. "The popular and experienced sports judge was the victim of a tragic accident while carrying out his duties on Aug. 26," the association said on its website.
April 28, 1999 |
Jason Cowden didn't have time to get flustered. Cowden, a Rancocas Valley senior, was at the 105th Penn Relays and ready to launch his javelin more than 200 feet. But after his practice throws, meet officials disqualified his javelin from Friday's competition. No problem. "I just asked someone if I could borrow theirs," Cowden said. "I don't even know who it was. I didn't even have a chance to practice with it. I just went up there and threw it. " On his first throw, Cowden threw the new javelin 191 feet, 10 inches - a personal best and good enough for second place.
June 18, 1992 |
Glassboro State College sophomore track star Mike Boone of Burlington High recently won the Division III national championship in the javelin. Boone, who was second last year as a freshman, threw the javelin 219 feet, 4 inches to win the title. His season best before he competed in the Division III National Track Chamionships at Colby College in Waterville, Maine was 206-7. A year ago, Boone became an all-American after finishing second in the javelin with a throw of 207-8.
May 28, 1989 |
Stood up by several U.S. track and field stars, the 13th Bruce Jenner Classic got a near world record from its most distant import yesterday. Amid a host of other thrills, it produced a delightful afternoon for a crowd of 8,569 at San Jose City College, where several record challenges were shot down by a gusting wind. The only U.S. meet on the Mobil Grand Prix Circuit got off to a blockbuster start in its first event. That's when Kasuhiro Mizoguchi of Japan threw the javelin 287 feet, 5 inches - the second-longest throw in history and only two inches off the world record, held by Jan Zelezny of Czechoslovakia.
May 4, 1995 |
The slump is over. West Chester East's Drew Hastie had not been throwing the javelin well lately, but all that changed Friday at the Penn Relays. Hastie uncorked a toss of 184 feet, 8 inches - a personal record - to take seventh overall in a competition that included many of the top throwers in the East. Throwing a javelin is a lot more complicated than it looks, and some faulty mechanics led Hastie to struggle earlier this year. "I wasn't rotating my body on my approach the right way," Hastie said.
May 23, 1988 |
They have known each other since middle school, when they became friends, but on Saturday, Coatesville's Barry Lepori and Unionville's Seth Botkin were rivals. Each stood in the way of the other's dream of winning the District 1 javelin competition. In the end, Lepori won, tossing his javelin 192 feet, 2 inches. Botkin had to settle for second place at 191-9. It was the second year in a row Botkin finished second in the district championship meet. The two will meet again this weekend, at Shippensberg University during the state championship meet.
April 25, 1996 |
Jessica Grosse made a trade during her freshman year at Archbishop Prendergast, giving up the natural, fluid motion of throwing a softball for the awkward, strenuous motion of firing a javelin. The trade eventually earned her Catholic League titles and records. And a precious spot in the 102d running of the Penn Relays. Grosse, a senior, will enter today's javelin competition as the 11th seed. While her best throw this season is 112 feet, 3 inches, she won the Catholic League title last spring with a meet record of 121-6.
April 5, 1996 |
Pennridge's Steve Halstead won two third-place medals Saturday at the Pennsylvania Track Coaches Classic in Coatesville, a very respectable performance considering the competition. But what stood out were the two events in which he earned those medals. They weren't two sprints, or two jumps, or two throws. No, Halstead went for the improbable hurdles-javelin double. After taking third with a 173-foot, 8-inch javelin throw, the senior came back for another third in the 300-meter imtermediate hurdles (41.75 seconds)