Friday, May 4, 2012

Stephanie Brown Trafton sets American discus record in Ian Waltz' Maui Throwdown...

WAILUKU, Hawaii--For the past several years, Washington State University alum Ian Waltz puts on a little discus meet at Wailuku's War Memorial Stadium called the Maui Throwdown where he invites a few of his discus throwing friends to see how their early season training is progressing and to find out how far they can spin the platter.

Reigning Olympic champion Stephanie Brown Trafton (left/photo by Paul Merca) threw an American record, taking advantage of the friendly wind conditions, and spinning the discus 222-3 (67.74m) on her third attempt of the day, after opening with two throws over 65 meters--65.63m (215-4) and 65.21m (213-11).

Her 222-3 is currently the third longest throw in the world this season, topped only by Nadine Müller of Germany at 226-0 (68.89m) and Yarelys Barrios of Cuba at 223-2 (68.03m)

After fouling in round 4, Brown Trafton finished with throws of 206-0 (62.79m) and 206-5 (62.92m).

In the men's competition, Australia's Scott Martin won the competition, throwing 215-4 (65.63m).

Waltz, the meet director and host, finished fifth with a best of 204-6 (62.33m), while Marysville native Jarred Rome was sixth at 200-8 (61.16m).

Complete results of the women's Maui Throwdown are available here, while the men's results are available here.

A second discus event will be contested Saturday with many of Friday's contestants back in the ring.

NOTE:  The Altius Track Club contributed to this report.

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