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Newberg native Trevor Danielson places 10th in javelin; recent GFU grad Seth Nonnenmacher 17th

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DES MOINES, Iowa – Keeping up Newberg's rich javelin tradition, a pair of throwers with local ties competed Saturday at the USA Track and Field (USATF) Outdoor National Championships Saturday at Drake University.

Newberg High School graduate and current Stanford University athlete Trevor Danielson led the way, placing 10th after a throw of 67.87 meters (222 feet, 8 inches), with recent George Fox University grad and two-time reigning NCAA Division III national champion Seth Nonnenmacher finishing 17th at 64.03 (210-1).

Danielson was coming off a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Division I national championships, where he threw a career-best 71.80 (235-7) to qualify for the USATF meet.

Danielson was unable to fully train after the NCAA meet due to some elbow issues, but did improve with each throw Saturday, progressing from 61.80 to 66.24 to 66.84. He had also qualified for the meet in 2017, placing 15th, and hopes to be back at the national meet next year after competing as a fifth-year senior for the Cardinal.

"With everything that happened leading up to it, it wasn't a terrible meet," he said. "I think I just needed a little bit more time, maybe an extra week to get my elbow feeling better or even just three more throws. I think I could have kept improving."

Nonnenmacher had a month off after winning his second straight NCAA Division III national title with a personal-best throw of 73.75 (241-11.5) in May and said he felt tight once he took to the runway for warm ups. After opening with throws of 63.19 (207-3) and 64.03, Nonnemacher uncorked a big throw on his final attempt of preliminaries but fouled by stepping just over the line.

"He wasn't able to do any full competition-type efforts for the last month and was just a little too close to the line on his throws," GFU coach John Smith said. "We made an adjustment and his last throw would have made the final, but he just needed another 6 inches to save himself from fouling."

Despite a bit of disappointment, Nonnenmacher said the overall experience of competing at nationals was rewarding and he hopes to return in 2019.

"Hopefully, I keep competing these next few years and I can keep going to that meet, keep progressing and finish higher every time," he said.

Sports briefs

Tennis courts closed for resurfacing

The Chehalem Park and Recreation District began work June 21 to resurface and re-stripe the tennis courts at Dundee and Jaquith parks, as well as the basketball courts at Jaquith Park.

Those facilities are expected to be closed for approximately one more week.

Bruins Sports Day returns Aug. 22

George Fox University and the Chehalem Parks and Recreation District (CPRD) will host the fourth annual Bruins Sports Day from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Aug. 22 at varying locations in Newberg. 

Football, boys/girls soccer, volleyball, boys/girls tennis, softball, baseball, girl's lacrosse and cheerleading camps will be offered to those entering grades 2-8 at no cost. Participants must only choose one sport.

This event will offer the opportunity to learn from current GFU athletes and coaches, a chance to play at a college facility, meet the GFU mascot and get pictures and autographs.

Space is limited, so those interested must register before Aug. 22 online or at the Newberg Aquatic and Fitness Center, 1802 Haworth Ave. Participants must check in at 12:30 p.m. at the location listed in the link specific to the selected sport.

A list of what to wear, what to bring, camp locations and registration can be accessed online at https://bit.ly/2MaxsjG.

For more information, call the CPRD at 503-554-0283.

Register for Bruin Basketball Academy

George Fox University women's basketball coach Michael Meek will host the Bruin Basketball Academy for players in grades 3-12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 23-26 at Wheeler Gymnasium.

Players will be instructed on dribbling, passing, scoring off the drive, scoring off the pass, getting open, defensive skills and much more. Cost is $195 per camper and $155 for each additional sibling.

Each player will receive a basketball, camp T-shirt and 22 hours of instruction. To register, visit https://bit.ly/2Imb88x.

George Fox offering two hoops camps

George Fox men's basketball head coach Maco Hamilton has announced the dates of his youth basketball camp and elite basketball camp for the summer of 2018.

The youth camp for boys entering grades 3-8 will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 6-9. This camp will provide quality instruction with an emphasis on individual skill development by the George Fox coaching staff, as well as current and former collegiate players.

High-quality competitive action will include various contests such as a "Hot Shot" competition, free throw and three-point competition, and 3-on-3 tournaments. Each camper will receive a camp T-shirt and basketball, a camp photo, and a certificate with the coaches' evaluation.

The elite camp for boys entering grades 9-12 will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 23. It is designed to provide position-specific individual skill development and collegiate-level scheme instruction and implementation from the Bruin coaching staff.

Game scenarios and situation work will be taught and campers will apply what they have learned in competitive 5-on-5 games. Players attending the Elite Camps should be high-level varsity athletes capable of playing at the collegiate level.

The cost of the Youth Camp is $150 per person for early registration, while the Elite Camp cost is $75 per person.

More information, including a downloadable a registration form, visit athletics.georgefox.edu/camps/index.

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