At the Ironwood TC Throws Classic contested at the Concordia Throw Center in Portland Saturday, reigning USA national champion and two-time US Olympian Kara Winger (above/photo by Howard Lao) began her 2016 season by winning the javelin.
The Skyview HS/Vancouver graduate threw a best of 202-6 (61.72m), which would make it the second furthest throw in the country so far this season, behind only Maggie Malone of Texas A&M, who threw 204-0 (62.19m) at the NCAA championships in Eugene a few weeks ago.
Winger elected to open her 2016 season late partly due to a heavy work load, as she was taking classes towards obtaining her masters in business administration.
She had two other throws past the 61 meter mark.
In a text to paulmerca.blogspot.com after the competition, she said, “Wanted a bit more but I’m excited about my potential this season!”.
Entering the US Olympic Trials, Winger, Malone, and Brittany Borman are the only three who own the Olympic qualifying standard of 203-5 (62.00m).
As of this writing, complete results from the Ironwood TC Throws Classic were not posted yet on the directathletics.com site.
At the USATF Junior Championships (under 20) in Clovis, California, Shorecrest HS grad Wurrie Njadoe finished third in her heat of the women’s 200, running 24.05 to qualify for Sunday’s finals. Bothell HS grad Maya Harewood, who will attend Wisconsin this fall, was fourth in her heat in 24.09 to get the last spot to advance to the finals.
Harewood did not fare as well in the 400, running 55.27 to finish fifth in her heat.
Ruby Watson of Sehome HS did not finish in the women’s 3000m finals.
Sunday, Alexa Efraimson of Camas (1500), Harewood, and Njadoe will contest the finals in their respective events
At the French national championships in Angers, Justine Fedronic, who trains in Seattle with the Beasts TC, finished second in a time of 2:02.79, as Renelle Lamote won their national title on Saturday.