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Del Mar javelin athlete Christopher White wins national championship

Coach Cabanas
Christopher White and Coach Erl Cabanas Courtesy

Del Mar resident Christopher White recently captured first place at the 2018 USA Track and Field Hershey National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships with a javelin throw of 53.48 meters.

Competing in Greensboro, NC, Chris competed in three throwing events: shot, discus and javelin for 15/16 year old boys. Chris earned the ability to compete in all three events by winning javelin in qualifying San Diego/Imperial Association and Region 15 Regional meets and finishing in the top five for shot and discus.

At the Junior Olympics, Chris threw well in shot and discus but his passion is the javelin and he entered the competition ranked second. On a hot and muggy day, after several hours waiting for his turn to throw, Chris took the lead after four throws and never relinquished it, earning his first national title. His second place rival threw a 53.47m, making this one of the closest throws competitions of the meet.

At the recent California Games, held in San Diego July 14-15, Chris again took gold with his javelin throw of 55.42 meters for 15/16 year old boys, setting a new meet record by over 2 meters set in 2007. Chris trains javelin and throws with Coach Erl Cabanas of Team Edge, and Coach Cabanas was able to award Chris his gold medal. Coach Cabanas has had several javelin national champions as well as coaching Olympians.

Chris attends The Grauer School in Encinitas where he participates in track and field. The Grauer School has teamed with Horizon Prep of Rancho Santa Fe for CIF sports. This year as a sophomore, Chris made it to CIF finals in both shot and discus under the leadership of his throws coach Tim Van Atta.

Chris discovered javelin while in elementary school by attending a summer track and field camp held by his elementary school PE teacherIan Philip. He joined local track club Millennium Xpress and threw there several years before heading to Italy where he practiced with a youth track club in Florence. Upon returning, he spent a season with STEP Academy until he found Coach Cabanas, whose specialty is javelin. While Chris has medaled at several junior Olympics with both USATF and AAU, this last meet was his first national championship.

Former teammate and local athlete Alexxis Brown competed in Greensboro as well medaling with a 4th place throw in 15/16 girls javelin and 8th place in the 15/16 girls heptathlon.

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