Event: Javelin (166-11)
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 feet, 2 inches 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.
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 biological sciences.