Josie Peterson enjoyed a debut for the ages in the javelin on Friday.
Competing in the event for the first time ever, the College of the Redwoods freshman set a school record and the top JC mark in California this season with a throw of 123’10” at the Wild Cat Cup at Santa Rosa JC.
And remarkably she did it just hours after playing for CR in the state playoffs in basketball in San Francisco, driving all the way home on Thursday night, before driving back down to Santa Rosa early on Friday and setting the mark with her first throw of the day.
Even more remarkably, because of basketball, Peterson has only been able to practice the new sport on a limited basis so far this season, learning the fundamentals from CR throwing coach Eric Wright.
“She’s a very adaptable athlete,” Wright said of Peterson, who also plays volleyball for CR and was a standout softball player in high school. “She listens, she works hard and she’s real focused on what she’s doing. She’s just a natural athlete.”
The St. Bernard’s graduate was the very first competitor to throw in the competition on Friday and no one could beat the mark she set right off the bat.
It will surely go down as one of the most impressive debuts in North Coast sports history.
“We were super excited,” CR head coach Reed Elmore said. “Eric’s been talking about her and telling me that she’s coming and she’ll do well, and all of a sudden she shows up and she’s the real deal.”
Peterson should only get better, especially now that the basketball season is over and she can begin to focus more on track and field.
“Only time will tell, but she could easily throw in the 130s,” Wright said.
CR’s Hannah Hartwell also continued her remarkable start to the new season on Friday, setting a third school record in three weeks.
Hartwell, who is one of this week’s Humboldt Sports Athletes of the Week, placed first in the 5,000 meters in a time of 17 minutes, 17 seconds, a new CR record.
She previously set new school marks in the 1500m and the 800m, and all three records are the top marks in the state this season.