BEREA, Ohio (May 27, 2010) – In her first National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Track & Field Championships, Occidental junior Kelly Young, threw her way to All-American status with a seven-foot personal best in the javelin on day one of the 2010 Division III Championships.
Entering the competition the 10th ranked athlete in the nation, Young quickly made a name for herself as she took an early lead in the preliminary rounds and maintained her top spot throughout majority of the first flight. As she sat back and watched the second flight, she grew more and more confident and when the finals came around she was ready to show the country what she was all about.
“We came here with one goal and that was to compete with the best athletes from around the country,” said head throws coach Chris Witscher. “Kelly was focused and intense today and she did just that.”
Entering the finals, Young continued to improve upon her own personal best and in the end she walked away with a huge personal best, by seven feet, with a long throw of 146’11”. The mark, not only broke her own Occidental College record, but it placed her third in the nation behind a pair of throwers who reached and surpassed the 150’ mark at 150’ and 150’4”, respectively.
“We came here to win it all,” Witscher went on, “Kelly showed a huge amount of heart and her drive was amazing. When the day is over you can not ask anything more than a PR by seven feet at nationals.”
Young last competed at the last chance meet hosted by Cal State University, Los Angeles, and it proved to be a fantastic tune-up for her.
“It was definitely worth sticking around Occidental once finals ended to train,” Young shared. “The opportunity to compete against the best athletes from across the country was an incredible opportunity and pushed me to step up my game.”
Throughout the meet the athletes were pushing one another.
On Saturday, Young will be using the adrenalin and motivation that she felt today in the discus circle where she enters the competition as the No. 16 ranked athlete in the country.
“So far this has been one of the greatest athletic experiences of my life,” she said. “I can’t wait to compete again on Saturday.”
Young also competed in the discus at the meet.
Article: Tracy Maple, Sports Information