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Mont Child throws shot 44-7 at USATF National Junior Olympic Championships


by: JIM BESEDA/MOLALLA PIONEER - Molalla's Mont Child, pictured here competing at a Tri-Valley Conference meet in May, threw the shot put 44 feet, 7 inches during Thursday's USATF National Junior Olympic Championships in Humble, Texas.Molalla’s Mont Child eased his way into the USATF National Junior Olympic Championships on Thursday morning with a throw of 44 feet, 7 inches in the shot put to place 21st in the boys’ 15-16 division at Turner Stadium in Humble, Tex.

Child said he held back from going all out in the first of his three throwing events, trying to pace himself as he looked ahead to the discus at 1 p.m. (CDT) Saturday and the javelin at 8 a.m. Sunday.

“I knew I wasn’t going to place very high, so I didn’t want to stress too much about it,” Child said. “I was just taking it easy.

“I could have gone harder, but I didn’t really want to mess up my shoulder. That probably wouldn’t have happened, but … just to be safe.”

Of the two events Child has remaining, he said he is more focused on the javelin. He is seeded sixth in that event after winning the regional qualifier in Spokane earlier this month with a throw of 152-8.

Shortly after regional, Child attended the Ironwood Throwers Development Camp in Spokane where he said he learned some things from Duncan Atwood, the former American record holder in the javelin and a two-time Olympian, that he hopes will “add a couple of feet” to his throws on Sunday.

“I learned the full approach for the javelin instead of just the five-step approach,” said Child, who set a personal best of 153 feet as a freshman last season. “I’ll be happy with a top-10 finish, but I really want to make it to the finals to get three extra throws, so that’s top eight. I think I have an OK chance to do that.”

Child, who traveled to Texas with his mother, Toni, also wanted to thank not only the Molalla Fire Department for hosting a benefit car wash to raise money for his trip, but also friends Lily Barker, Maddie Blummel, Matthew Borowczak, Tayler Delmore, Aliya Imholt, Chase Rome, Garrett Thrower, Gavin Thrower, and sister Josie Child for helping wash cars.

He also was touched by the gentlemen who said his name was “Tex” and traded a vintage, practice javelin for a car wash.

Along with donations from Molalla Communications Company and Charlie’s Team Sports, plus donations collected at both the Molalla Adult Community Center and Jodi’s Hair & Nails, Child raised almost $700 before leaving for Texas on Wednesday.

-- Jim Beseda/jbeseda@molallapioneer.com

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