Harris, Marshalek Out in Qualifying Rounds at World Juniors
July 14, 2004
GROSSETO, Italy - Husky javelin thrower Brian Harris and pole vaulter Stevie Marshalek were both eliminated in qualifying competition Wednesday at the IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships in Grosseto, Italy. The two freshmen, both Northwest natives, were among more than 1,400 athletes from six continents competing at the six-day meet, which crowns the world's top under-20 athlete in every event.
Any athlete older than 14 years of age as of Jan. 1, 2004, and younger than 20 as of Dec. 31, 2004, is given a 'junior' designation by USA Track and Field, and is eligible to compete at the USA Junior National and IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships.
A 2003 graduate of Hillsboro (Ore.) High School, Harris was the United States' top javelin qualifier at the world meet, his second-place finish at last month's USA Junior Nationals tops among athletes who had met the world meet's stringent qualifying standard. Throwing in the first of two qualifying flights, the Husky freshman launched his second toss 200 feet, 9 inches to place 11th in his flight, but was 18 feet short of the final spot in Friday's final, awarded to India's Grkirat Singh and his 219-foot, 3-inch throw.
Kentlake High School grad Marshalek, holder of four state prep records and two UW freshman records, was equally unlucky in Wednesday's pole vault qualifying, missing on all three attempts at 12-3 1/2 after a second-attempt clearance at 11-9 3/4. Nine vaulters cleared 12-11 1/2 in qualifying, while the final four spots in Friday's final went to the first four vaulters over the bar at 12-7 1/2.
Both Harris and Marshalek entered the meet on the heels of impressive freshman seasons at Washington. Boasting a season-best javelin toss of an even 221 feet, Harris was the fourth-place finisher at the Pac-10 Championships and took seventh at the NCAA West Regional. Marshalek, meanwhile, became just the fourth UW vaulter ever to clear 13 feet in the pole vault, doing so indoors and out en route to a 14th-place finish at the NCAA Championships in June.
For complete results from the 2004 IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships, visit www.iaaf.org.