Cranston’s Leigh Petranoff Places Ninth In U.S. Trials, Does Not Qualify For Rio In Women’s Javelin Throw
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – Maggie Malone can hardly believe that she is headed to the Olympics.
Malone, who one month ago won the NCAA title at Eugene’s Hayward Field, won the javelin throw at the U.S. Track and Field Trials on Saturday with a throw of 199 feet, 7 inches.
Malone hails from tiny town of Geneva, Nebraska, a tiny town southwest of Lincoln.
“I’m out of words,” she said. “I’m from a town of like 2,000 with one stoplight. This is insane.”
As a senior at Texas A&M, Malone tossed an NCAA collegiate record of 204-0 last month at the NCAA championships.
Hannah Carson finished second in the event with a throw of 190-11, but she doesn’t have the Olympic qualifying standard to make the team.
American record holder Kara Winger finished third to make her second Olympic team, and fourth-place finisher Brittany Borman, who has the standard, will also go to Rio.