- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

NORTH HUNTINGDON, Pa. (AP) - A sophomore from western Pennsylvania who just started throwing the javelin a year ago has set a girls’ national high school record.

Connellsville High School’s Madison Wiltrout broke the National Federation of State High School Associations record Thursday with a javelin throw of 185 feet, 8 inches. Her throw at a qualifying event of the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League easily beat the previous record of 181 feet, 2 inches set in 2012.

“It didn’t seem that special when I threw it. I thought maybe 160 or something,” Wiltrout told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “But it was the perfect flight, and it just kept going, going and going. I thought it might never come down.”

Wiltrout’s throw would have placed sixth at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials. Officials stopped the meet for about 20 minutes so they could measure the throw three times, Wiltrout said.

“They said they ran out of tape,” she said. “But when I heard the mark, I flipped out. I just went and slapped the ground I was so excited.”

When she got her javelin back, there was a four-leaf clover on the end of it.

She will compete at the WPIAL championships next Thursday.

She won a Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association title last year with a throw of 151 feet, 1 inch.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, https://pghtrib.com


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