Radovich shatters record, sets sights on state
Amanda Radovich set two goals for her senior season as a javelin thrower on Lansing High's track team.
The first goal was to break the school record. The second was to return to the medal stand at state.
At her first meet of the season and third throw of the year on Friday at the Baldwin Invitational, Radovich achieved the first goal as she launched her javelin 139 feet, 5 inches to place first.
Radovich's throw smashed the old school record of 131-4 that was set by Ashley Reider in 2004.
"It had been a little rough in practice, but I kept working through it," Radovich said of her early-season preparation. "Then I got here, and in my practice throws I was throwing past 120, so I was like 'Woah, let's go for the record today.'"
The school record actually was the second record Radovich broke Friday. The first was her personal record. The farthest she'd thrown prior to the 2006 season came at state her sophomore year when she threw 126-0 at the Class 4A state meet and placed sixth.
On her second throw of the day Friday she set a new personal record with a distance of 127-4. That mark stood for about three minutes before Radovich topped it by more than 12 feet on her next throw.
"I had so much adrenaline after my PR (personal record), and it just looked awesome," she said. "When I let go of it I knew it might be the record."
LHS coach Errol Logue said he was thrilled Radovich broke the record in the first meet of the year, but he said he was more pleased that her throws were consistently good. He said that meant it wasn't a fluke.
"With an event like the javelin, it can be kind of fickle and you can toss it out there one time, but her consistency is what was nice about it."
Radovich struggled as a junior because she constantly was tinkering with her mechanics. She said she wasn't worried about those things this year.
"This season's more fun because I'm not trying so hard," Radovich said. "I'm just coming out and throwing."
Radovich placed third Tuesday at the Lansing Invitational with a throw of 125-2 despite throwing into a headwind.