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LOS ANGELES – After waiting patiently all indoor season to get on the runway, the Husky javelin throwers made the most of their first chance to air it out today, as they took the top two spots on the men’s and women’s side at the Trojan Invitational. Junior Quinn Hale moved into the NCAA lead with his winning mark and sophomore Carson Fuller also threw the No. 3 mark so far this season.
The javelin was one of just a handful of events on the first day of the two day meet at USC’s Loker Stadium. Saturday’s action includes a number of Huskies on the track, in the jumps, throws, and pole vault. The Pac-12 Network is taping the event to air on Monday at 6:30 p.m.
Hale, a two-time NCAA West Prelim qualifier could not have started his season any better, as he launched a career-best 235-7 on his first attempt. That puts Hale eighth on the Husky top-10 list, just ahead of two-time All-American Jimmy Brookman and former Pac-10 Champion Juan Romero. Hale’s next two attempts were also farther than his old PR of 222-3, as was his fifth attempt. Coming into the weekend, the best mark in the NCAA thus far was 226-0.
Fuller took second behind Hale with a best toss of 225-10. The sophomore from Spokane also had another 65-meter toss (214-2) in his series, something he did just once last year, when he had a throw of 227-feet at West Prelims to make the NCAA finals in an upset. So today Fuller had the second, third, and fourth-best throws of his career.
On the women’s side, a couple freshmen made nice debuts, as Ashley Alexander won the women’s javelin with a toss of 140-0, which already places her ninth on the Husky top-10 list. Brooke Brown took second with a best of 132-9, coming on her sixth and final throw.
In the long jump, senior Kasen Covington extended his personal-best by six inches, jumping 23-10 ¼ on his second attempt to finish second overall. The conference triple jump champion indoors and outdoors, Covington should go again in the triple tomorrow. Senior Julian Bardwell also finished seventh today with a mark of 22-6 ¼.
The hammer throws also took place this afternoon, with sophomore Bev Coleman and redshirt freshman Jack Scheideman getting into the swing of things. Coleman added another new top-10 mark, as she had a PR of nine feet, throwing 161-4 to finish 10th. That ranks sixth on the Husky top-10 list. Scheideman threw the hammer for the first time in his career and had a solid mark of 175-10, finishing seventh.