June 15, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Recent Air Force graduate Paige Blackburn was selected to represent the United States at the North America, Central America and Caribbean (NACAC) Under-23 Championships next month in Guanajuato, Mexico, the USA Track and Field office announced today (June 15).
Blackburn, the reigning Mountain West champion in the javelin throw, will compete in that event over the July 6-8 weekend. The 2012 Academy graduate holds a career-best distance of 170'5", which she set during her title run at the conference meet.
The 2012 USTFCCCA Mountain Region Female Field Athlete of the Year is coming off of a stellar senior season that saw her win the javelin title and finish second to the eventual national champion in the discus throw at the Mountain West Outdoor Championships. A national semifinalist in both the javelin and discus throws, Blackburn became just the second thrower in conference history (male or female) to score in all six throwing events at the MW Championship meets (indoor and outdoor). In addition, the Academy record holder in the weight throw moved into second on the program's all-time list in the indoor and outdoor shot put, hammer throw, discus throw and javelin throw.
Blackburn is one of five Mountain West athletes selected to compete at the seventh bi-annual NACAC Under-23 Championships. She is joined on the women's team by NCAA indoor and outdoor long jump champion Whitney Gipson (TCU) and Mountain West hammer throw champion Amanda Bingson (UNLV), while MW 100-meter dash champion Charles Silmon (TCU) and NCAA indoor long jump champion Kendall Spencer (New Mexico) will compete on the men's team.
The NACAC U-23 Championship record in the javelin throw (181'2") is held by former Air Force standout Dana Pounds, who won the NACAC U-23 title in 2004 and again in 2006.