Friday, June 15, 2012

Vancouver prep Sean Keller wins USA junior men's javelin title...

BLOOMINGTON, Indiana--Sean Keller (left/photo courtesy ESPN HS), who recently graduated from Heritage High School in Vancouver, took command of the javelin with a first round throw of 237-6 (72.41m) to win the national junior title as day 1 of the three day USA Junior Track & Field championships concluded on the campus of Indiana University.

Such was Keller's dominance over the field that any one of his five fair throws would have won the competition, as Devin Bogert of Texas A&M was second with a best of 219-8 (66.97m).

Keller, a two-time Washington 4A champion in the event, earned himself a spot on the US national team that will compete in next month's world junior championships in Barcelona, Spain.

However, before he heads to Barcelona with Team USA, he will compete in the javelin at the US Olympic Team Trials-Track & Field, where he owns a provisional qualifying mark of 244-1(74.40m), that going into the weekend, is the 15th best mark in the country this season.

Keller has not announced what school he will attend this fall, according to The Columbian out of Vancouver.

Elsewhere, defending USA junior pole vault champion JJ Juilfs of the University of Washington finished fifth with a mark of 16-4 3/4 (5.00m).

In the women's javelin, Washington State's Christine Kirkwood finished fourth with a throw of 150-5 (45.84m), while teammate Anna Adamko was eighth at 142-3 (43.36m).

In the men's 800, UW freshman Derrick Daigre, who was second in this meet last year, failed to get out of the preliminary heats, finishing third in heat three in1:52.32, the ninth fastest time of the day (winner plus five fastest times advanced).

Washington freshman Gianna Woodruff was fourth in her heat of the 400 hurdles, running 64.79.

Oregon frosh Alec Fellows, a graduate of Edmonds-Woodway HS, stands 17th after the first day of competition in the decathlon with 3326 points.

Incoming UW freshman Hannah Sherrill, the reigning Hawaii state champion in the shot put and discus, fouled all three of her preliminary tosses.

Complete results from the USA junior championships are available here.

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