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White River's Astleford 8th in Summit League Javelin

Rachel Astleford - If you BELIEVE IT, it can happen
May 14, 2017

By Rich Winter

I was aware of former White River prep thrower, Rachel Astleford when she came through the high school ranks. She was a good shot-putter, somewhere around 37 or 38 feet and I believe she made the podium at the state track meet, at least once. 


Think I heard she was going to South Dakota State, and while there was going to try to walk-on to the Division 1 program. 


That's where the story is supposed to end, right?


Small town-girl with big dreams goes to a Division 1 Program, gets inimidated by all the talent around her, gives up on her track dreams and decided to JUST be a student.


Well, Astleford wasn't intimidated, in fact, she went out of her comfort zone and tried the javelin. 


I think she liked it!


At the recently completed Summit League Outdoor Championships, Astleford tossed the javelin far enough to claim 8th place in a wicked conference championship. 


At the same meet, Astleford got the shot-put out to 42'5" for an almost two foot personal best at the biggest meet of the year.




But, success didn't come righ away, except in the classroom.

Career Results

Honors and Awards

  • Summit League Academic Honor Roll Distinguished Scholar (2015-16)

Indoor: Redshirted ... did not compete.
Outdoor: Threw a season-best javelin of 96-6 (29.42m) at the Jim Duncan Invitational to claim seventh place ... recorded a season-best shotput at the Lyle Hokanson Classic, with a distance of 38-7 1/2 ... placed 13th in the javelin throw at the Vance Butler Invitational with a throw of 88-7 (27.00m).


Shot-put, ok - 38-7 1/2 and javelin 96-6


Those are ok numbers, but look what she's done ths year.

Shot: 42-5

Javelin: 130 - feet.

In fact, look at the outdoor performance list for SDSU javelin throwers.

Mark Athlete Event (Date) 130-04 Rachel Astleford NSU Twilight

(4/13) 125-01 Rachel Astleford Dakota Duals

(4/8) 117-10 Rachel Astleford SMSU Open

(4/1) 117-05 Rachel Astleford Lyle Hokanson

(4/22) 116-10 Rachel Astleford Dakota Relays (5/6)

Young lady had the top five throws in the South Dakota State track program...AND...


She's only a sophomore.

Seems like she has about 15-feet to get to the SDSU all-time school record...and she's got two years.


Great stuff from little ole White River...Solid!


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