Events: Javelin (158-3)
2-time Louisiana Class 5A State Champion (Javelin)
2013 USATF Junior Olympics Silver Medalist (Javelin)
2012 USATF Junior Olympics Silver Medalist (Javelin)
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 feet, 3 inches for the victory at West Monroe’s Van Leigh Relays on March 9 … Was the nation’s No. 5-ranked girl’s javelin thrower at the prep level with her season-opening performance … Also ranks 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, Md. … 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, N.C. … 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 … A junior and senior member of the National Honor Society … Honored as a Sophomore of Distinction, Junior of Distinction and Senior of Distinction at West Monroe High School … Undecided on what major she will pursue at LSU.