Olympic Javelin Thrower – 83.83m
|Height: 6’2″ (1.89m)
Wingspan: 6’8″ (2.03m)
Weight: 215lbs (97.5k)
Age: 30 (08/08/1986)
Personal Best: 275′ (83.83m)
College: University of Oregon (2010)
Hometown: Newberg, Oregon
Current Town: Chula Vista, California
Coach: Christina Scherwin
I am a two-time Olympian with a personal Best of 83.83m. I am the 2016 Olympic Trials record holder and champion and I am the #1 ranked javelin thrower in the U.S. in 2016. I have the 2nd farthest american collegiate throw of all-time (83.16m)
Coming off the best season of my career in 2016 I am looking to push the boundaries of what I am capable of. I have a big target on my back as the #1 ranked U.S. javelin thrower in 2016, but I still have so much to accomplish. I know what I am capable of and I am ready for another big year.
USATF removed me from the Olympic Training center program at the beginning of 2016, but it didn’t kept me from striving to be the best. I put in a ton of work to fix some technical elements of my throw and it has paid off. I threw 83.83m in 2016 which was the first personal best in over 7 years. I went on to win the Olympic Trials with a throw of 83.24m, which was an Olympic Trials record. I placed 20th overall at the Olympic Games in Rio throwing 79.76m.
Big changes in 2015 as I uprooted my life and moved to the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista California (near San Diego). I was plagued all year with a shoulder injury that kept me from practicing most of the season. After only four competitions all year I ended my season promptly after USA Championships to better focus on getting as healthy as possible for 2016.
In 2014 I traveled to Germany to train with the best. I had a great time and learned a lot. I had a great biomechanical session at the Olympic Training Center in March and threw 82.80m. The season was seemingly going to be my best ever. I had a quick start at the Oregon Twilight throwing 80.28m, but struggled again at USAs in Sacramento. I wanted to extend my season to get experience so I funded a trip to Europe to compete against the best javelin throwers in the world. After six international competitions I finished the season on my last throw with a stadium/meet record in Austria of 79.59m.
With an early back injury that persisted throughout the season my year was one of the hardest to overcome. Many minor injuries turned out to be worse than any of my previous major ones and they cost me a valuable season and a shot at making the World Championships. I had a poor opening meet and struggled at the USA Championships again in Des Moines. I fought through the late outdoor season competing in Canada with some success and finished the season at some all-comers meets where I had a few decent throws at 75m and 77m.
One of my best years to date, I opened the year with two meets over 80m. Coming into the Olympic Trials I had my favorite javelin break in half in midair and rolled my ankle making the qualifying round tough to get through. I felt in the finals I would progress each round but my left knee gave out in the 3rd round almost forcing me to quit. I placed 5th overall but I was the 3rd best javelin thrower with the Olympic A Standard so I made the 2012 Olympic Games. I left for a training camp in Denmark for three weeks before the Olympic Games and stayed in the athlete village for 10 days before my competition. I was very calm in qualifying round, considering the conditions, but failed to maintain my technique and only threw 75m. While I was not happy with the end of my season, I knew the only way to get redemption was on a big stage like the World Championships in 2013.
A rough season due to the ACL retear in 2010. After lots of rehab I opened my season as late as possible at one of my favorite domesic meets, the Tucson Elite throws classic. I had two throws over 74m and considering my left knee I was very happy. Without a great mark going into the USA Championships I was in the lesser of the two flights. I threw well in qualifying and made finals where I was able to throw 77m and place 3rd. Because of qualifying standards I was not able to make it to the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, but I did make the Pan American Games in Guadalajara Mexico. The games were in late October and I trained through the summer to perform the best as I could. I knew it would take an 81m throw to win. On my last throw I threw the Olympic A Standard 82.24m, but took second to Guillermo Martinez who threw a Cuban National record in the first round of 87m.
University of Oregon 2009-2010
I opened my 2010 season with an NCAA leading throw of 78.19m. I defended my PAC-10 Title by only 2cm with a winning throw of 77.21m (253’4″). I failed to make finals, placing 10th overall at the NCAA Championships. but still managing to be an All-American for the second time. At the 2010 USA Championships I placed 9th after yet again injuring my left knee on my third throw. I tore my ACL, MCL and medial meniscus. While the injury ended my season my achievements earlier in the year on the field and my academic achievements in the classroom awarded me the first team Academic All-American Award.
I finished school in 2010 at the University of Oregon with a 3.64 GPA and a Bachelor of Science degree in School of Architecture & Allied Arts
In my first year as a redshirt Junior I started my season off with seven straight wins, two personal bests, I grabbed the University of Oregon school record, and broke the PAC-10 javelin record throwing my current personal best of 83.16m (272’10”), and won my first PAC-10 Championship in the javelin. I later took 4th at the 2009 NCAA Championships becoming an All-American; I also took 4th place at the 2009 USA Championship. Two weeks later I tore injured my left knee playing basketball, tearing my ACL, MCL, lateral meniscus, and a 1cm tear in my joint capsule.
Lane Community College
I competed on the Lane Community College basketball and track and field team. In my last meet of the 2007 season I got a personal best and took 2nd place at the NWAACC Championships throwing 63.56m (208’6″)
I competed at the NWAACC conference decathlon in 2008 finishing 4th just 5 points behind 3rd place scoring 5995 points, running a 4:35 in the 1500m. At the NWAACC Championships I furthered my personal best in the javelin throwing 73.63m (241’7″) breaking the Lane Community College school record by almost 30 feet. I won the Conference Field Athlete of the year award and qualified for the Olympic Trials in 2008. I finished the year at the Olympic Trials placing 18th just 1 foot behind American Record holder Breaux Greer.
Academically I finished school at Lane Community College with a 3.30 GPA and an Associate Arts Degree
Weber State University
I worked on the indoor weight throw and hammer throw in the fall and winter seasons I came back to Oregon during my spring break to throw unattached at the Oregon Preview. While I was there I had strained my elbow near its breaking point only managing to throw 56.46m. Just four weeks later at a meet at BYU I partially tore my ulnar collateral ligament in my right elbow. I finished the school year at Weber State but asked to be released to compete for another school the following year.
Newberg High School
I lettered in football, basketball, and baseball at Newberg High School but it wasn’t until my senior year in 2005 that I picked up a javelin. Just after three weeks of throwing the javelin at my first meet when I threw 186’7″ (57.18m). I finished up the year taking first place at the PAC-9 District meet, breaking the meet record throwing 199’2″ (60.70m), and I also took 5th that day in the triple jump. At the Oregon State Meet despite throwing what would have been a state leading throw any other day of the year of 201’5″ (61.49m) I took third overall. I finished the year recording a personal best of 205’2″ (62.55m) at the 2005 USA Junior Nationals beating out the #1 ranked javelin thrower by two inches that day and taking 5th place.
While not only being a 4 sport athlete I graduated all honors with a 3.34 GPA at Newberg High School.