USATF Women’s Javelin — Ince Comes On Late For First Title

The fifth round found Ariana Ince producing the day’s only 200-foot throw. (MIKE SCOTT)

IN WHAT WAS an unusually form-fitting competition, it was Ariana Ince who provided the upset as she won with the only 200-foot throw of the day, reaching 200-4 (61.06). American Record holder Kara Winger was favored to win despite trailing on the year list, 17 inches behind Ince’s PR 208-5 (63.54), having taken 7 of their 9 previous meetings.

With a field of 15, everyone threw in one flight, and after the first round Winger, the 2-time defending champion, led at 191-7 (58.40). Avione Allgood sat 2nd at 181-4 (55.29), but that would remain her best of the day and would suffice for 4th. Jenna Gray was 3rd at 179-7 (54.74), with Ince 8th at 153-6 (46.80). Some improvements in round 3 shuffled the order slightly. Winger increased her lead with a 195-11 (59.73) throw, and Ince moved to 7th, reaching 173-8 (52.95).

Going into the final three rounds, Winger looked prepared for the big winner at any moment, while Ince was struggling. But things changed in round 5, as Ince finally hit the big throw, her 200-4 (61.06) putting her into the lead. Neither Gray (181-1/55.19) nor Winger (190-7/58.11) improved, and it was down to final throws in round 6. Ince, trying to stretch her lead, fouled and then waited. Gray improved again, her 187-11 (57.29) equaling her PR, but leaving her 3rd. As the last thrower, Winger had the final chance to win her fourth successive title, but her throw landed at 193-11 (59.12), consigning her to 2nd and leaving Ince the winner.

At the medal presentation, Ince was a happy champion, but was almost apologetic toward Winger, as both had struggled for long throws which never came. Afterward, Ince said, “My series was all over the place. As soon as I threw one that was decent I was happy, but it was one. Luckily that’s all it takes. I thought it would take further than that, but sometimes other people have bad days and you have an OK day and that’s how it worked out today.
“It’s one of those things; it’s always fun to win, but you want other people to have a good day too. So it was kind of bittersweet. My goal wasn’t necessarily to come in and win, my goal was to come in and throw as far as I could.”

Ince and Winger are the only Americans to have reached the World Championships qualifying distance of 201-9 (61.50), with nobody else even close.


USATF WOMEN’S JAVELIN RESULTS

(July 25)

1. Ariana Ince (Vel) 200-4 (61.06)

(153-6, 160-11, 173-8, 170-11, 200-4, f) (46.80, 49.05, 52.95, 52.10, 61.06, f);

2. Kara Winger (unat) 195-11 (59.73)

(191-7, 181-4, 195-11, 182-8, 190-7, 193-11) (58.40, 55.27, 59.73, 55.69, 58.11, 59.12);

3. Jenna Gray (Stan) 187-11 (57.29) =PR

(179-7, 178-3, 170-10, 183-11, 181-1, 187-11) (54.74, 54.34, 52.09, 56.06, 55.19, 57.29);

4. Avione Allgood (NikUSAr) 181-4

(55.29) (181-4, 179-2, 172-9, 178-3, f, f) (55.29, 54.62, 52.65, 54.35, f, f);

5. Maggie Malone (unat) 178-8 (54.47)

(172-1, f, 171-9, 171-6, f, 178-8) (52.47, f, 52.35, 52.29, f, 54.47);

6. Kylee Carter (Aub) 178-0 (54.27)

(164-4, 166-4, 178-0, 175-9, 173-7, 172-6) (50.10, 50.70, 54.27, 53.56, 52.90, 52.59);

7. Seri Geisler (AzSt) 177-6 (54.11);

8. Katie Reichert (unat) 175-7 (53.53);

9. Danielle Collier (M/O) 166-1 (50.63);

10. Sarah Blake (unat) 159-2 (48.53);

11. Chase Wolinski (Nb) 158-2 (48.20);

12. Bethany Drake (Ois) 152-4 (46.45);

13. Sydney Juszczyk (unat) 150-6 (45.87);

14. Nika Ouellette (Sprintic) 141-3 (43.06);

15. Meghan Owens (unat) 138-2 (42.11). ◻︎

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