Bloomington, Ind. - Freshman Chase Tarr was able to cap off his first year as a track and field athlete at UC Santa Barbara with a fifth place finish in the javelin at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships hosted by Indiana University this past Friday. Going against some of the best juniors in the nation, Tarr would solidify his placing with a second attempt throw of 59.50m (195' 2"), after which he would improve no further, but also not be surpassed by those behind him in the 12 man field throughout the competition.
"Chase looked solid out there," remarked assistant coach Robert Marlow. "Definitely a lot of technical progress needed, but a tremendous improvement from the beginning of the year. That was his third best throw of all time, and he and I know he's capable of much more, but we are happy with the performance."
Though a top two placing finish at Friday's event would've solidified an opportunity to represent the US at the IAAF U20 Championships in Finland in mid-July, Chase's performance still put him one spot past his sixth place entry seed going into meet thanks to his performance on the day. His throw of 59.50m marks the second time Chase has nearly broken 60m in the event since his 64.29m (210' 11") personal best throw at the Cal Poly Dual Event, his second best mark coming from the NCAA West Regional Meet where he threw 59.82m (196' 3"), showing that the young Gaucho's consistency in distance has continued to improve throughout the season. With his freshman campaign finally coming to a close, the future looks bright for the young thrower heading into 2019.
"Leaving with a fifth place medal from the competition is an impressive feat. He was able to end the year on a high note, and I know he's eager to work hard in the off season to improve even more next year."