2019 American JavFest Preview and Performance Lists!

by Steve Underwood

The 5th American JavFest is set to go, Friday and Saturday, June 28-29. Nearly 130 athletes are registered and those still wanting to compete can register at the meet, which starts at noon today (10:30 registration) and 3:45 tomorrow -- with an 11am clinic and registration starting at 10am.

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Meanwhile, here are some of the top entries to look for in the elite fields.

Men's Elite

The American JavFest Men's Elite field is close to a preview of next month's USATF championship (and possibly next summer's Olympic Trials), with five of the top 10 on the current U.S. list entered -- plus Capers Williamson, who threw 259-5 last year. The top dozen entries have all thrown further than 230 feet in the past few years, topped by Michael Shuey at 263-3. The current U.S. leader, he was 3rd in '17 after his senior year at Penn State when the meet record of 272-8 was set by Cyrus Hostetler.

Meanwhile, Mississippi State senior Curtis Thompson -- the 2016 NCAA champ -- is seeded 2nd and has quite a history here. He was the 2016 JavFest champ, plus runner-up last year, 5th in '15 and 6th in '17.

Riley Dolezal was the 2015 champ, then runner-up in '17. Then there's Tim Glover, who has not broken 250 yet this year, but has a lifetime best of 275-10 from 2015 -- the best in the field. Dolezal threw 273-11 back in '13 and Thompson threw 271-11 in '16 -- making three 270-footers in the field, even if their PRs date back a few years.

Women's Elite

The Women's Elite field is highlighted by 2017 champ and meet record-holder Ariana Ince, who memorably threw a then-PR 201-4 here two years ago and eventually made entry into the IAAF World Champs that year. She has recently surpassed that PR by an inch, so comes in here a strong favorite to win her third title.

Three others who have surpassed 170 feet will be here to challenge her: Ashley Pryke (188-10), Bethany Drake (179-6) and Dominique Ouellette (175-4). Pryke is a Canadian standout who was a senior at Memphis U. this spring. She was the 3-time American Conference champ and placed 3rd and 7th in the 2017 and 2018 NCAA meets, respectively.

Drake is a Western Washington grad now competing with Oiselle, she has thrown 171-1 this year and her PR is from '18. Ouellette is a Vermont grad who threw 164 in college and has been in the 170s the previous few years.

HS Elite Boys

The throwers of the NSAF's Project Javelin Gold -- including 3 of the top 4 prep boys in the country -- are off training in Germany. But the HS Boys Elite field at the American JavFest is still loaded with a pair of 200-footers and nine total athletes who've thrown 190 feet or better. That is to say, it's deep!

Naturally, 6 of the top 7 entries are from the home state of Pennsylvania -- and those 6 were all among the top 11 throwers in PA this spring. The list is topped by PA state leader Chris Fredericks -- who reached 206-3 this year and was 3rd at AA state -- and Collin Burkhart, who hit 203-8 and then was 2nd at AAA state.

Also on that list is Matt Prebola, seeded third and the #1 freshman in the nation. Prebola was 3rd at AAA state at 199-1 -- among the best 9th-graders in U.S. history. Meanwhile, Burkhart is the #2 sophomore in the nation -- trailing only Penn Relays champ Ian Hall.

HS Elite Girls

The HS Elite Girls field is headed by Alexandria Webb of Ontario, with a PR of 153-1. She's followed by Maryann Ackerman, who is a Slippery Rock HS soph and #3 in PA this year. She was runner-up in the AA state champs.


Taylor Ciccolini, another soph from Mifflin County PA, was ranked 5th in PA with a 146-1 PR and was 3rd in the AAA state meet. Her senior sister Skylar, #1 in the nation and #2 all-time -- coming off a NBNO title and runner-up at USATF U20s -- is training in Germany this week with the NSAF Project Javelin.

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