Krzyszkowski to Compete at Pan Am Junior Championships
Aug 19, 2013
MILWAUKEE - Marquette University incoming freshman John Krzyszkowski will represent his native Canada in the men's javelin on Saturday, Aug. 24 in the 2013 Pan Am Junior Athletics Championships in Medellin, Colombia.
"It is truly an honor for Canada to select me out of a great group of athletes to represent them at the Pan American Junior Championships in Colombia," Krzyszkowski said. "I believe this experience will be a great preparation for this coming year at Marquette because of the high competition level."
The Mississauga, Ontario native qualified for the Pan Am Championships by placing second in the javelin at the Canadian Junior National Championships in Ste-Therese, Quebec on July 13. He also bettered his own personal best in the event on Aug. 15 in the Canada Summer Games at the University of Sherbrooke in Sherbrooke, Quebec with a heave of 68.67 meters (225 feet, 3 1/2 inches). That throw (YouTube video linked above), would have registered in the top 30 of all NCAA Division I last season and is 34 feet longer than Marquette's current program record.
"John has been making steady progress throughout the spring and all summer long," Marquette associate head track and field coach Michael Koenning said. "The opportunity to represent one's country in international competition is a tremendous honor and will be a great way to cap his tremendous season. He's made awesome improvements this year and should be able to compete very well at the Pan Am Championships."
In addition to his second-place finishes at the junior nationals and Canada Summer Games, Krzyszkowski claimed javelin titles at the OFSAA South Regional (May 30), Ontario Canada Summer Games Trials (June 30), Athletics Ontario Junior Senior Championships (July 21) and at two other meets.
Krzyszkowski and his Canadian teammates are set to depart from Canada on Tuesday and are scheduled to compete in Colombia on Aug. 23-25 before returning on Monday, Aug. 26. He competes with the York University Track and Field Club under coach Richard Parkinson.