June 12, 2004
AUSTIN, Texas -- Washington State University senior Curt Borland finished sixth in the men's javelin Saturday, the final day of the NCAA Track & Field Championships at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas campus.
Borland, from Cowiche, Wash., threw the javelin a lifetime-best distance of 238-feet, 11 inches (72.83m) and earned his first All-American honor. His toss was the sixth-farthest javelin thrown in school history.
Borland's best throw was his first in the series of six attempts. He fouled the second attempt but came back with toss of 228-11 (69.77m). While warming up on the runway for his last three attempts, Borland rolled his ankle and struggled to come back with throws of 206-3 and 231-4 before fouling his final attempt.
"I felt good in warm-ups and felt like I had more in me before I rolled my ankle," Borland said. "I have been fueled by the anger that nobody expected me to be here and nobody gives credit to small town kids."
This marked the fifth consecutive competition Borland has thrown a PR since coming off a two-week suspension in April for team rules violations. He has improved 28-feet, 11 inches since his first contest of the outdoor season, March 20, when he threw the javelin 210-0 (64.02m) at USC.
"I've been looking at old tapes of me throwing and Matt McGee (former Cougar javelin thrower) came back to town and has worked along with me to increase the speed of my run and speed of my arm," Borland said. "Almost being kicked off the team was rough but it put things in perspective and made me realize my career was coming to an end. I talked to old coaches back home and family members and they offered words of wisdom and were encouraging. I dedicated my performance at the NCAAs to the memories of my late grandparents."
In the Thursday qualifying rounds, Borland threw a PR of 231-1 (70.44m), eighth-best of the nine competitors to advance to the final and seventh-best in school history.
Boise State junior Gabriel Wallin won the men's javelin with a throw of 264-9 (80.71m). Borland was the only Pac-10 Conference athlete to finish in the top eight.
"Curt improved nearly 29 feet in the past six weeks," Cougar Associate Head Coach Debra Farwell said. "I think he learned a valuable lesson. He learned not to take a gift he had for granted and he learned what focusing in on his event and the talent he has can do for him. He put it all together here and made this competition a success. I think he has untapped potential still."
Borland's NCAA final mark is only seven inches less than the US Olympic "A" men's javelin qualifying standard of 239-6 (73.00m).
"I have a few more weeks to qualify for the Olympic Trials so I'll stay in Pullman and train," Borland said. "There are meets at Spokane Falls CC every Thursday so I'll see if I can qualify at one of those."
The Cougar men finished tied for 44th place with five team points.