CLAREMONT, Calif. – Gallaudet University sophomore Leslye Kang (Wayne, N.J.) finished 13th overall in the javelin throw Saturday at the 2012 NCAA Division III outdoor track and field championships hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. This was Kang’s debut at the national track and field championships.
Kang had three attempts to make it to the finals but committed fouls on her first two attempts before she launched a throw of 41.33 meters (135 feet, seven inches) on her third and final throw. She was three feet shy of cracking the final round and from earning All-American honors, which is bestowed to the top eight finishers at each event.
Cal Lutheran senior Britlyn Garrett won the event with a toss of 47.14 meters (154 feet, eight inches) as she crushed the field with her final throw. She finished seven feet ahead of Carroll’s Amanda Trieloff, who placed second with a throw of 147 feet, four inches. Greenville’s Kristen Schutte round out the top three spots with a throw of 44.51 meters (146 feet).
The future is still bright for Kang as six of the top seven finishers in the javelin event this year are seniors. Kang was the third highest sophomore to place in the event.