Event: Javelin (179-11)
One of the nation’s leading javelin throwers during her sophomore season in 2015 … Became the first Lady Tiger to earn All-America honors in the javelin throw in 27 years with a fourth-place finish nationally at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at Oregon’s Hayward Field in Eugene … Threw a series-best of 178 feet, 0 inches on her third attempt to secure All-America honors with a fourth-place national finish … Was the first Lady Tiger to score in the javelin at the NCAA Championships since Cheryl Coker in 1988, and became just the third javelin All-American for the Lady Tigers as she also joined the likes of 1987 NCAA Champion Laverne Eve … Qualified for the NCAA semifinals for the second-straight season after unleashing a personal-best throw of 179-11 for the second-best performance at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds held in Jacksonville, Florida … Became the No. 2-ranked javelin thrower in school history with her best of 179-11 on the season … Crowned the SEC Champion in the javelin after opening her series with a winning throw of 177-0 in the first round at the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at Mississippi State’s Mike Sanders Track Complex … Became just the fourth Lady Tiger to win the SEC javelin title in the program’s history … Opened the outdoor season by eclipsing the 170-foot mark for the first time in her career with a throw of 176-5 in a third-place finish at the Texas Relays … Also cleared 170 feet in a second-place finish at the 121st Penn Relays with a series-best throw of 172-3 … Finished runner-up at the Battle on the Bayou (156-9) and LSU Invitational (168-1) … Added her fourth-place finish at the LSU Alumni Gold meet with a series-best throw of 145-4 … Followed the collegiate season by earning a 12th-place finish in the javelin competition at the USA Outdoor Championships with a top throw of 172-5.
Was the NCAA’s No. 4-ranked freshman and No. 19-ranked performer regardless of class while throwing the javelin in her debut season with the Lady Tigers in 2014 … An NCAA Championships qualifier in the javelin as a freshman in 2014 … Threw a series-best of 154-2 in a 19th-place finish at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships held in Eugene, Oregon … Qualified for the NCAA semifinals with a top throw of 162-7 for 11th place in the national quarterfinals at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds held in Jacksonville, Florida … Scored five points for the Lady Tigers with a fourth-place finish in the javelin final at the SEC Outdoor Championships in Lexington, Kentucky … Posted a series-best throw of 164-10 in her debut at the SEC Outdoor Championships … Won her first career javelin title in her collegiate debut at Louisiana Tech’s Jim Mize Invitational with a personal-best throw of 166-11 … Moved into the No. 5 spot on LSU’s all-time outdoor performance list with her victory in her collegiate debut … Also won the javelin title at Miami’s Hurricane Alumni Invitational with a mark of 158-8 … Also finished in third place at the LSU Alumni Gold (158-5), third place at the LSU Invitational (163-4), fifth place at the Penn Relays (155-10) and sixth place at the Texas Relays (165-1) in her first outdoor season with the Lady Tigers … Did not compete during the 2014 indoor season … Followed the collegiate season by throwing the javelin for the United States at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships held in Eugene, Oregon … Nearly matched her personal best with a series-best throw of 164-7 for a silver-medal-winning runner-up finish in the javelin final at the USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships also held in Eugene, Oregon … Earned her spot on Team USA with her second-place finish at the USA Junior Championships … Finished in 24th place overall in the qualifying round of the javelin at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships with her top throw of 154-2 in the preliminary round … Honored for her academic performance with a selection to the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.
PRIOR TO LSU
One of the nation’s premier prep prospects in the javelin throw after opening up her senior season in 2013 by throwing a personal best of 158-3 in her victory at West Monroe’s Van Leigh Relays … Was the nation’s No. 5-ranked girl’s javelin thrower at the prep level with her season-opening performance … Also ranked No. 4 nationally among members of the Class of 2013 … Ended her junior season in 2012 with a previous personal best of 157-2 as the nation’s No. 5-ranked javelin thrower among all classifications and No. 3-ranked member of the Class of 2013 … Launched a 2012 seasonal best of 157-2 to defend her District 2-5A championship for a Top 5 national ranking for the 2012 outdoor season … Smashed the Louisiana Class 5A state meet record in the javelin by more than 10 feet as she captured her first career state title in the event with a throw of 152-6 at the 2012 Louisiana High School Athletics Association Class 5A Outdoor State Track & Field Championships held at LSU’s Bernie Moore Track Stadium … Defended her Class 5A state title by matching her state meet record of 152-6 at the 2013 LHSAA Class 5A Outdoor State Championships … Followed her first career state title in 2012 by throwing 152-7 for second place in the girl’s javelin at the 2012 Great Southwest Classic held at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque … Won back-to-back javelin silver medals in the 17-18 age group at the USA Track & Field National Junior Olympic Championships in 2012 and 2013 … Threw 148-5 to take home the young women’s silver medal and earn All-America honors at the 2012 USATF Junior Olympic National Championships held at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland … Threw 142-4 to defend her silver medal with a second career All-America honor at the 2013 USATF Junior Olympic National Championships held at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, North Carolina … Wrapped up her junior campaign in 2012 with a ninth-place finish in the javelin at the USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships while throwing 140-2 in the event held at Indiana University in Bloomington … Swept District 2-5A (135-3) and Region 1-5A (130-0) championships during her sophomore season at West Monroe High School in 2012 before capturing the Class 5A state silver medal with a top throw of 132-1 at the state meet … Was the Class 5A bronze medalist as a freshman in 2010 … A four-time Region 1-5A javelin champion during her prep career at West Monroe High School as she took the title in 2010-13.
Full name is Rebekah Francis Wales … Born on Oct. 2, 1995 … Parents are Hal Andrew “Andy” Wales III and Stacy Griggs … Has one older brother, Drew, and one older sister, Hannah … An honor student while compiling a 3.86 grade-point average during her prep career at West Monroe High School … Was a member of the National Honor Society … Honored as a Sophomore of Distinction, Junior of Distinction and Senior of Distinction at West Monroe High School … Majoring in general business.