Farmer places second at USATF Junior Championships

Courtesy of NMSU

EUGENE, Ore. – New Mexico State freshman Kayli Farmer had her best javelin throw of the year on one of the biggest stages in track and field as she placed second at the USA Track and Field Junior Outdoor Championships Saturday.

Farmer, a freshman from Aztec, N.M., threw the javelin 47.92 meters (157 feet, three inches) on her final preliminary throw at historic Hayward Field, smashing her personal best of 43.43 (142-6) from April.

Her second place finish also gave Farmer a spot to represent the United States in the Pan American Junior Championships July 31-Aug. 2 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

“I couldn’t believe it,” said Farmer of her throw. “But I knew it was the best throw I ever had. It felt amazing. I almost yelled out I was so excited when it went up on the board.”

Farmer, who entered the competition seeded 16th, was only bettered on the day by Gabrielle Kearney of the Oregon South club who threw 49.58m (162-8) to win the event. Emma Fitzgerald, competing unattached, was third at 47.85m (157-0) and Texas A&M’s Kristen Clark placed fourth at 47.61 (156-2).

“I am so proud of her,” said NM State head track coach Orin Richburg. “She did a nice job today and it’s a great surprise. She worked hard with Coach Carmichael and you have to give them credit.”

“I really felt she had this in her,” said NM State assistant coach Larry Carmichael. “She had some good throws in bad weather in her last few meets that didn’t travel far. Getting a jump in performance like that is a bit of a surprise. But it can happen in the javelin where the aerodynamics are involved.”

Farmer had posted throws of 134-3 and 141-6 in her first two throws. With that last throw in the preliminaries coming up it was time.

“I knew I had to be first in my flight to advance to the final,” Farmer began. “And I knew I could do it. It was amazing. You know it’s a good throw by the way it comes off of your hands.”

Farmer posted three more strong throws in the finals, with a 146-6, a 141-0 and a 147-11.

The second place finish allows Farmer to represent the USA next month in Edmonton.

“I’m so excited to get to go up there, I really hadn’t thought about it at all.”

“We didn’t talk about (going to the Junior Pan American Championships),” said Carmichael. “I didn’t want to put any pressure on her. She was the 16th seed coming in.”

Farmer was the Western Athletic Conference Champion in the javelin this season after claiming the 2013 New Mexico Class 4A Championship in the javelin as a junior and the high jump championship in 2014 as a senior.

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