EUGENE, Ore. – Lady Tiger freshman Rebekah Wales was the first of the LSU Track & Field contingent to compete at this year’s IAAF World Junior Championships as she stepped onto the javelin runway in Tuesday’s opener at Oregon’s Hayward Field as she threw a series best of 154 feet, 2 inches on her first throw for a 24th-place finish in the competition.
Wales, an NCAA Championships qualifier in her rookie season with the Lady Tigers in 2014, also posted marks of 149-9 on her second throw and 153-4 on her third throw for 11th place overall in the first qualifying group. She ended the competition in 24th place overall out of 32 competitors competing in the women’s javelin at the IAAF World Junior Championships.
A native of Ruston, Louisiana, Wales ends her 2014 season having thrown a personal best of 166-11 in winning the javelin title in her collegiate debut at Louisiana Tech’s Jim Mize Invitational on March 22.
She earned the right to represent the United States at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships after taking home the USA Junior silver medal with her throw of 164-7 that nearly equaled her personal best during an impressive performance at the USA Junior Championships also held at Oregon’s Hayward Field earlier this month.
Two other Lady Tigers will compete at the IAAF World Junior Championships for the first time on Thursday afternoon when freshman Jada Martin lines up in the qualifying round of the women’s 200-meter dash for the United States at 1:35 p.m. CT and Class of 2014 recruit Daeshon Gordon steps onto the track in the preliminary round of the women’s 400-meter hurdles for Jamaica at 2:45 p.m.