Jennifer Joyce Wins Silver at the Commonwealth Games
April 5, 2006
MELBOURNE, Australia - California track and field assistant coach Jennifer Joyce won Canada's first medal in track and field at the 2006 Commonwealth Games at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 20, 2006. Coached by director of track and field Chris Huffins, Joyce claimed the silver medal in the women's hammer throw with a mark of 67.29m behind Australian Brooke Krueger who had a Games-record throw of 67.90m. Lorraine Shaw of England won the bronze.
Joyce's second-place finish marks her first medal at a major event. The 25-year-old Richmond, B.C. native also competed for Canada at the world championships last summer in Helsinki, Finland, where she finished eleventh but failed to qualify for the finals. Joyce also competed in the 2002 Commonwealth Games where she finished seventh.
A former Golden Bear, Joyce is now in her third year as the men's and women's throws coach. In just two seasons as the throws coach, Joyce has coached athletes to numerous All-American and Junior All-American awards, a national record, and medals at international competitions. A two-time All-American while at Cal, Joyce still owns the Cal record in the hammer (214-0) and is number three all-time in the discus (178-3).