Mallory Webb Takes Gold In Javelin At USA Junior Championships
June 28, 2004
COLLEGE STATION, Texas- Two weeks after becoming Fresno State's first track and field All-American in three years, freshman Mallory Webb (Dundee, Ore.) picked up her latest honor over the weekend when she won gold in the javelin throw at the 2004 USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Webb's first toss of 151-4 (46.13m) managed to stand up throughout the competiton, although her final toss of 154-0 (46.95) turned out to be the event's best measure. As a result of her first place finish, Webb becomes eligible to represent Team USA at the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federation) World Junior Championships, July 13-18, in Grosseto, Italy. Webb was competing in her final USATF Junior National meet, which features more than 700 of the country's finest athletes ages 19 and under.
Webb, who took fourth place in last year's meet, recorded six throws on Saturday evening at the following measures: (1) 151-4, (2) 138-4, (3) 133-7, (4) 140-3, (5) 140-7 and (6) 154-0. Webb earned the top mark in a field of 10 competitors that included third-place finisher Rachel Yurkovich, who along with Webb attended Newberg High School and fifth-place finisher Monica Miller of Weber State, the event's only other Division 1 athlete.
"I think I came into the meet ranked first, but I had competed against two of the girls in high school so I knew we were all very close," said Webb. "I thought it would be close so I was excited about my performance."
Earlier this month at the NCAA Track and Field Championships, Webb became Fresno State's first female track and field All-American since 1999 when she recorded a personal-best throw of 162-10 (49.64m) to place seventh in the national finals of the javelin. Webb, whose previous best stood at 157-3 (47.92m), was the only freshman to qualify for the event finals. Her career-best throw ranks seventh in the Bulldog record books.
Also this weekend at the Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Bulldog freshman Ryan Moore (Visalia, Calif.) placed seventh overall in the finals of the 400-meter hurdles. Moore ran a 54.45 in the event finals after clocking in at 52.83 during the prelims.