Welcome to the 2019 American JavFest
The NSAF is looking forward to hosting its 5th annual American JavFest on Friday-Sunday, June 28-29, 2019 at East Stroudsburg South High School in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.
As has been the case during most of the previous JavFests, the weekend plan is to include competition at every age and ability level, plus great teaching and educational opportunities. Elites in past JavFests have successful chased qualifying marks that enabled them to join Team USA for those meets.
The middle day, Saturday, is typically "Javelin School Day," with an opportunity to learn from same of the world's best coaches in a clinic environment. Friday or Saturday night, meanwhile, often features the immensely popular Roundtable Panel/Open Discussion -- a chance to learn, hear amazing stories and ask questions of these same mentors.
The JavFest is intended to be a stateside version of the great Pihtipudas Javelin Carnival in Finland. It is meant to share the joys of the javelin with throwers of all ages. The unique event allows athletes, coaches and fans of the sport to be fully engaged educationally, socially and competitively.
2019 Coaching Staff
TBA, coming during Spring 2019
2019 Schedule of Events
TBA, coming during Spring 2019
2017 JavFest: Hostetler, Ince, Mitchell and Baker!
Elite Men: With efforts of 83.02m (272-4) and 83.12 (272-8), Cyrus Hostetler beat the IAAF World Championships qualifying standard (83.00) and 2015 champ Riley Dolezal (81.07/266-0). Hostetler revved up the crowd, justified their cheers with his first big throw, then celebrated with yells, fist pumps and a joyful sprint down the right side of the sector -- high-fiving fans and getting a hug from NSAF board member Tracy Sundlun. Penn State grad Michael Shuey was 3rd at 262-2, followed by Timothy VanLiew (256-1), McLean Lipschutz (252-6) and 2016 champ Curtis Thompson (249-2).
Elite Women: Ariana Ince threw a big PR and meet-winning 61.38m/201-4 on her 3rd throw -- #5 all-time U.S. and becoming the 7th American over 200. Though she was 2cm short of the World standard of 61.40, she moved up high enough on the world list that she made the field anyway. Ince had also won the '15 JavFest, as well as the '17 Iron Wood Throws Classic. LSU grad Rebecca Wales was 2nd at 183-8, and Lia Negra 3rd at 154-3.
Prep Boys: With a breakout 207-6 on his 4th throw, NSAF Project Jav junior Roman Mitchell broke his 2016 PR by 14 inches and captured the title. He was followed by Sam Hankins at 204-3, Ty Hampton 201-3, Zechariah Blake 198-0, Chris Putnam 194-8 and Joe Nizich 182-4.
Prep Girls: Project newcomer Dana Baker fired a big PR 169-2 for the victory, the best girls' prep major meet throw in '17 and #13 all-time. She was followed by Skylar Ciccolini at 162-6, Erin McMeniman 148-11, Lillian Hill 143-6, Rachel Kern 139-3 and Gabbie D'Amore 133-4.
2016: Former NBNO All-American Curtis Thompson won the Men’s Elite division with 260-11, while two-time Olympic Trials finalist Kim Hamilton won the Women’s Elite competition with 186-6. The Prep Boys’ and Girls’ winners were Eric Garner (208-2) and Cambrie Campbell (135-1). Prep runner-ups Gavin Darcy (206-4) and Lillian Hill (130-10) both sophomores at the time – were invited to join the NSAF’s Project Javelin Gold after the weekend.
2015: NBNO champ Michael Biddle outdueled World Youth Team USA member Liam Christensen, 211-11 to 209-5 for the Prep Boys’ title, while Sophia Rivera edged Katelyn Gochenour, 159-9 to 159-6, in a battle of World Youth finalists (and NBNO 1-2 finishers). Christensen, Rivera and Gochenour all were (or are currently) Project Javelin members. The Elite titles went to Riley Dolezal (265-1) and Arianna Ince (170-11).