Zimmerman Takes U.S. Junior Javelin Title
June 25, 2010
DES MOINES, Iowa - Husky freshman Joe Zimmerman established himself as the nation's best junior javelin thrower, taking the U.S. junior title today as the USA Track & Field Championships continued at Drake Stadium. Zimmerman, from Spokane's Lewis and Clark High School, threw a lifetime-best 238-4 for the victory.
Zimmerman has had a great month, starting with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships on June 10 in Eugene, Oregon to earn All-America honors as the top freshman in college. He now captured the junior national title on his second attempt of the day and will continue on to the IAAF World Junior Championships, held July 19-25 in Moncton, Canada.
'I've always been at nationals, but just never did good enough (to make the World Championships),' said Zimmerman. 'All year, I focused on nationals, and once that's over, it's all I can think about.'
He was the Washington 4A state champion in 2009 with a mark of 208-4, a personal-best at the time, but Zimmerman has shown quick and steady improvement through his rookie season at UW.
'I am consistently 25-feet better this year,' he said. 'Coaching is definitely a difference. Simple things make a huge difference, like lifting my arm up.'
UW grad Ryan Brown is back in another 800-meter final after progressing through a second qualifying round this evening. Third at the USA Championships a year ago, Brown will now run for his first career U.S. title this Sunday. The Renton native edged Oregon's Elijah Greer for the final qualifying spot in the first of two semifinal heats, crossing in 1:47.60.
Also in action today was Will Conwell in the men's discus. The 2006 alum was 11th with a best toss of 185-7. Recent grad Falesha Ankton also took 18th in the 100-meter hurdle prelims in a time of 13.63, running into a headwind. Ankton wrapped up her Husky career two weeks ago with a ninth-place NCAA finish in a PR of 13.18.