Welcome to the 2019 American JavFest
The NSAF is looking forward to hosting its 5th annual American JavFest on Friday-Sunday, June 28-29, 2019 at East Stroudsburg South High School in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.
As has been the case during most of the previous JavFests, the weekend plan is to include competition at every age and ability level, plus great teaching and educational opportunities. Elites in past JavFests have successful chased qualifying marks that enabled them to join Team USA for those meets.
There will be competitions for youth and high school athletes on Friday and men's and women's competitions on Saturday evening. "Javelin School" will be held on Saturday afternoon, with an opportunity to learn from same of the world's best coaches in a clinic environment. Friday or Saturday night, meanwhile, often feature the immensely popular Roundtable Panel/Open Discussion -- a chance to learn, hear amazing stories and ask questions of these same mentors.
The JavFest is intended to be a stateside version of the great Pihtipudas Javelin Carnival in Finland. It is meant to share the joys of the javelin with throwers of all ages. The unique event allows athletes, coaches and fans of the sport to be fully engaged educationally, socially and competitively.
2019 Entry Information
The clinic is open to any and all entrants, limited only by number, age, grade level and/or gender. The entry fee is $40, and includes the competition (Friday for high school and youth athletes and Saturday for collegiate, post collegiate and masters athletes), Saturday clinic and a t-shirt. Registrants may participate in both the clinic and the competition or any combination of the two. REGISTER TODAY!
2019 Coaching Staff
Jeff Gorski: Founder, with the NSAF, of Project Javelin Gold, as well as former USATF Javelin High Performance chair, founder of Klub Keihas and his own "Field of Dreams." Also coach of many elite throwers and U.S. record holders (including Pukstys and Krammes), both in high school and elite levels, and a 2-time USATF finalist, 1981 U.S. National Team member and 3-time All-ACC performer at UNC.
Barry Krammes: Recently retired elite thrower, 2x U.S. Olympic Trials finalist (6th in 2008), and high school coach at East Stroudsburg South. Barry has been the host of the American JavFest each year.
Sean Furey: 2-time Olympian, plus four other Team USA berths (2x World Champs, Pan American Games, Pan American Sports Fest). Was 12th in 2009 World Champs. 3-time US Champ and 6 total times top 3.
Schedule of Events
Friday, June 28, 2019
10:30am Packet Pickup/Registration
12:00pm Novice Girls
1:15pm Novice Boys
2:30pm Emerging Elite Girls
3:45pm Emerging Elite Boys
5:00pm Championship HS Girls
6:15pm Championship HS Boys
Saturday, June 29, 2019
10:00am Packet Pickup/Registration
3:45pm Open Men
5:15pm Elite Women combined with Open Women
6:30pm Elite Men
2017 JavFest: Hostetler, Ince, Mitchell and Baker!
Elite Men: With efforts of 83.02m (272-4) and 83.12 (272-8), Cyrus Hostetler beat the IAAF World Championships qualifying standard (83.00) and 2015 champ Riley Dolezal (81.07/266-0). Hostetler revved up the crowd, justified their cheers with his first big throw, then celebrated with yells, fist pumps and a joyful sprint down the right side of the sector -- high-fiving fans and getting a hug from NSAF board member Tracy Sundlun. Penn State grad Michael Shuey was 3rd at 262-2, followed by Timothy VanLiew (256-1), McLean Lipschutz (252-6) and 2016 champ Curtis Thompson (249-2).
Elite Women: Ariana Ince threw a big PR and meet-winning 61.38m/201-4 on her 3rd throw -- #5 all-time U.S. and becoming the 7th American over 200. Though she was 2cm short of the World standard of 61.40, she moved up high enough on the world list that she made the field anyway. Ince had also won the '15 JavFest, as well as the '17 Iron Wood Throws Classic. LSU grad Rebecca Wales was 2nd at 183-8, and Lia Negra 3rd at 154-3.
Prep Boys: With a breakout 207-6 on his 4th throw, NSAF Project Jav junior Roman Mitchell broke his 2016 PR by 14 inches and captured the title. He was followed by Sam Hankins at 204-3, Ty Hampton 201-3, Zechariah Blake 198-0, Chris Putnam 194-8 and Joe Nizich 182-4.
Prep Girls: Project newcomer Dana Baker fired a big PR 169-2 for the victory, the best girls' prep major meet throw in '17 and #13 all-time. She was followed by Skylar Ciccolini at 162-6, Erin McMeniman 148-11, Lillian Hill 143-6, Rachel Kern 139-3 and Gabbie D'Amore 133-4.
2016: Former NBNO All-American Curtis Thompson won the Men’s Elite division with 260-11, while two-time Olympic Trials finalist Kim Hamilton won the Women’s Elite competition with 186-6. The Prep Boys’ and Girls’ winners were Eric Garner (208-2) and Cambrie Campbell (135-1). Prep runner-ups Gavin Darcy (206-4) and Lillian Hill (130-10) both sophomores at the time – were invited to join the NSAF’s Project Javelin Gold after the weekend.
2015: NBNO champ Michael Biddle outdueled World Youth Team USA member Liam Christensen, 211-11 to 209-5 for the Prep Boys’ title, while Sophia Rivera edged Katelyn Gochenour, 159-9 to 159-6, in a battle of World Youth finalists (and NBNO 1-2 finishers). Christensen, Rivera and Gochenour all were (or are currently) Project Javelin members. The Elite titles went to Riley Dolezal (265-1) and Arianna Ince (170-11).