Archive for Thursday, August 11, 2011

Hoffman places sixth at USATF Jr. Olympics

August 11, 2011

Jordan Hoffman waited until the perfect time to throw her best mark in the shot put — her final meet this summer.

The Baldwin High School freshman improved her personal-best mark by nearly two feet in the event. Hoffman threw 42 feet, 9.5 inches at the United States Track and Field Jr. Olympics in Wichita late July.

“I was pretty pumped,” Hoffman said. “I had one really good throw.”

Hoffman’s throw earned her a sixth-place finish in the youth girls’ shot put. Her finish earned her an all-American medal.

“When I got in the ring, I told myself I just needed one big throw,” Hoffman said. “Then it just kind of happened.”

She got her one big throw on her second of six attempts. She surpassed her previous best by nearly two feet. Hoffman threw 41-1 as an eighth-grader at Baldwin Junior High School this spring.

“When I heard the distance, I thought ‘wow, that was a big PR. Very cool.’” Hoffman said. “My goal going into it was to get a PR. I was very happy.”

Hoffman also qualified for the national meet in the youth girls’ discus. She threw 102-1 and finished 16th out of 38 competitors. Her final meet results were opposite of her previous meets during the summer track and field season.

“Normally, discus went better than shot put during the rest of the summer,” Hoffman said. “But discus didn’t go too well at nationals.”

The national meet was Hoffman’s first time competing at Wichita State University’s Cessna Stadium. It’s the same stadium that hosts the annual statewide high school track and field meet. She hopes her trip there this summer will just be a warm-up for next spring.

“It was like a trial run,” Hoffman said. “That’s how I looked at it. I went down there and competed in the stadium and the ring. Hopefully that will pay off next spring.”

Baldwin City’s Monica Howard also competed at the USATF meet. She finished 14th in the young women’s heptathlon. She scored 4,014 points, which was seven points higher than her previous meet.

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