Radovich saves best throw for last
Junior misses finals in javelin but launches season-best mark on last attempt
Wichita Five measly inches.
That's all the distance that separated Lansing High junior Amanda Radovich from qualifying for finals in the javelin at the Class 5A state track meet at Cessna Stadium.
Radovich's season-best throw of 120 feet came on her final attempt of the season and launched her into eighth place, but Kelli VanVleet of Liberal followed Radovich with a last-chance toss of 121-6 to bump Radovich out of the finals and into a ninth-place finish at state.
"I'm happy with 120," Radovich said, "but then again I'd really like to get the chance to get another medal. Two people from my regional beat me out and I beat them (last week), but I'm not disappointed with 120 at all. It's a privilage just to be here and to get ninth by five inches."
Radovich said she was disappointed with her place because she earned a sixth-place medal in Class 4A last year with a career-best throw of 126-0. Still, she said her spirits weren't too down because she made her best throw of the year on her last one so she was able to end the season on a high note.
The 2005 season was a struggle in many ways for Radovich. She tinkered with her approach and throwing motion during the early part of the season and began to struggle during meets. She turned things around during the last half of the season, however, and steadily improved her marks.
She made a strong showing at the Shawnee Mission North Relays, then placed second at the Kaw Valley League meet with a mark of 117-8. She was then the regional champion with a mark of 116-1. That consistency showed with her big throw at state.
"I worked hard at getting back on track and it just shows how hard I've worked," she said. "I'm going to know what to expect for next year and I'm going to be back up here next year competing for a higher spot."