Kayli Farmer knew as soon as the javelin left her hand she had done something special.
And what she accomplished will give her the opportunity to represent the United States at the Pan American Junior Championships in Canada.
Farmer, a freshman at New Mexico State, saved her best for the biggest stage as she unleashed a throw of 157 feet, 3 inches at the USA Track and Field Junior Outdoor Championships on June 27 in Eugene, Ore.
“I knew the second it came off my hand that it was going to go farther than any other time that I have thrown,” said Farmer, who is from Aztec. “I was super excited. I wanted to scream but I made sure not to because I knew I needed to keep my composure. I was almost in tears because I was so happy.”
The throw, her last of three in the preliminaries, shattered her previous personal best of 142-6 and was good enough for a second-place finish.
Farmer had throws of 134-3 and 141-6 to start the prelims but everything came together for her final attempt.
“I knew I had to give it all I had and this was the last meet I was going to if I didn’t move up,” Farmer said. “So I went up there, calmed myself down and I gave it all I had.
“When it came down to it, I planted at the right time. I actually planted my left foot and put a little extra oomph into it and I think that’s what made it go that far.”
Farmer’s three throws in the finals went 146-6, 141-0 and 147-11. The second-place finish earned Farmer a spot on the U.S. team in the Pan American Championships in Edmonton, Alberta on July 31-Aug. 2.
“I’m super excited,” Farmer said. “I’ve never been to Canada. I’ve never represented the United States in anything. It’s a huge honor. I can’t wait to go and do my best, I’m going to go out there and try my best,” Farmer said. “Hopefully I can get another (personal record), which would be amazing. Or if somewhere in that high 160 range, I’ll be happy.”
Some of the information was taken from interviews that had been with Kayli.