Northern Arizona sophomore thrower Brooke Andersen placed second in the hammer throw at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships Saturday in Eugene, Ore., at Hayward Field. Andersen will now represent NAU and the United States in the IAAF World Junior Championships later this month.
“My mindset going into today was to get a qualifying throw and then improve from there,” Andersen said. “When I got my first mark of 53 meters, it gave me some wiggle room between myself and the other competitors. From there, I was able to turn on the speed a little more and go for higher marks. It was my first time competing at such a high caliber event and it felt amazing. To be amongst some of the best juniors in the USA and then to advance to be able to compete at the world championships is amazing.”
Andersen entered the meet with the top qualifying mark in the event. Andersen was able to take command of the event early, but a pair of fouls in the finals hindered her from extending her lead. Her mark of 184-58 (56.26 meters), which was recorded on her second throw of the day, stood as her best.
“Brooke had an outstanding day,” said assistant track and field coach Kenny McDaniel. “To finish in the top-two and qualify for the world junior team is huge. She’s excited to represent the United States of America.”
The 2014 edition of the IAAF World Junior Championships will be held in Eugene from July 22 to 27. It is the first time the event has ever been held in the United States.