Del Mar resident Chris White is heading to the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics in Lawrence, Kansas. Chris, who is an incoming sophomore at The Grauer School, recently took first place in the javelin for 15/16-year-old boys at the USATF Region 15 Qualifier meet in Escondido, where he competed with the best athletes in track and field from Hawaii, Nevada, San Diego and Southern California. His throw of 45.81 meters qualifies him to throw at the Junior Olympics against the best throwers in the nation.
Chris has been throwing the javelin since he was introduced to the sport in elementary school at a Track and Field Camp held each summer by Del Mar Union School District PE teacher Ian Philip. While javelin is not a sport in high school in Southern California, Chris has found throwing opportunities through local track clubs. Chris recently won the javelin throw for 15/16-year-old boys at the California State Games with his best throw of the season (46.38 meters), as well as the AAU Region 23 meet held in late June. This will be Chris’s fourth trip to the Olympics throwing the javelin.