Krzyszkowski Earns Bronze at Pan Am Juniors
Aug 26, 2013
MEDELLIN, Colombia - Marquette University incoming freshman John Krzyszkowski claimed a bronze medal with a third-place finish in the men's javelin on Saturday, Aug. 24 in the 2013 Pan Am Junior Athletics Championships in Medellin, Colombia.
Krzykowski recorded his top distance on his third throw of the meet, a mark of 67.38 meters (221 feet), which placed him behind Pascal Alexander Schwarz of the Cayman Islands and Janeil Craigg of Barbados.
"John really did a great job of taking advantage of an opportunity," Marquette associate head coach Michael Koenning said. "He earned a spot on Team Canada in July and has capitalized on that to earn a medal for Canada. It was a great experience for him and evidence of his hard work this season. We're very excited that his next javelin competition will be in a Marquette uniform."
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 distance 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.
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.
He competes with the York University Track and Field Club under coach Richard Parkinson.
Krzyszkowski returned to Canada with his junior national teammates on Sunday afternoon and will head to Marquette and begin his collegiate career on Tuesday morning.