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Katelyn Fairchild qualifies for Women’s Javelin Finals at Olympic Trials

Andale senior Katelyn Fairchild opened with a state meet record throw of 168-11. She went 170-0...
Andale senior Katelyn Fairchild opened with a state meet record throw of 168-11. She went 170-0 on her next effort. Fairchild is ranked No. 2 nationally in the javelin this spring.(Mike Courson)
Updated: Jun. 15, 2021 at 8:45 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Katelyn Fairchild, who less than a month ago set a state track meet record in the Javelin throw, qualified 12th in the Women’s Javelin opening round at the U.S. Olympic Trials Friday in Oregon.

The youngest competitor of the 24 in the field, Fairchild’s best of three throws traveled 49.05 meters, or just under 161 feet, to place her sixth in her flight before she took twelfth overall.

The finals are set for 7:30pm central time on Saturday, 6/25.

Original story: Recent Andale High School graduate, Katelyn Fairchild, a multiple state champion who established herself as one of the nation’s best javelin throwers, will compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials, starting Friday in Eugene, Oregon. Fairchild was accepted to compete in the javelin throw, recording a toss of 53.44 meters, or about 175 feet.

Last month, Fairchild led the Andale High School girls track team to the Class 4A state championship. At state, her best throw was 170 feet, shattering a meet record in the process. Fairchild will continue her throwing career at Texas A&M.

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