Allen Bursts Onto Scene With Top-5 Javelin Toss
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The third-farthest javelin toss in UW history and fifth-farthest in the NCAA this season put Roan Allen officially on the NCAA map today at the Triton Invitational. The recent addition to the Husky squad let loose with a PR of 246-feet, 2-inches to win the event and highlight a great weekend for the Husky throwers.
Allen, a former NAIA national runner-up while at the University of British Columbia, had opened his Husky career with a solid mark of 212-5 two weeks ago at the Raleigh Relays, but he put three throws well past that today. His second attempt flew to 238-3, and third round throw went 224-10. But his fifth throw sailed to the new PR distance, going to No. 3 all-time at UW with the best throw since Kyle Nielsen's 2011 school record of 253-5.
UW also saw an improved No. 2 mark in school history, as indoor school record-holder MaKayla Kelby moved closer towards the outdoor record with a new outdoor shot put best of 54-1 ¼.
More positive results in the javelin came from Zach Annanie, who had a season-best toss of 209-5, while on the women's side, sophomore Kathleen Horn got the win at 154-0, and sophomore Natalie Holmer had a season-best 144-10, with Tanya Simora throwing 125-0.
The day began with sophomore Jayden White extending his hammer season-best to 215-9 for third-place and the top mark by a collegian, while senior Connor Jost went 199-0 for a season-best.
In the men's discus, Nolan Such added eight feet to his career-best, throwing 173-6. Sam Van Peursem was seventh in the shot put invite at 55-11.
Kelby and Beatrice Asomaning also threw on Friday. Asomaning was seventh in the hammer at 167-4, and she was 13th in the discus at 161-1. Kelby was 10th in the discus, throwing a season-best of 172-4 to go to 21st in the West Region so far this season.