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Speer, 14, throws 144 feet for the best mark in the nation for girls ages 15-16.

COURTESY PHOTO: JUSTIN SPEER - Madison Speer (right), a member of Oregon City's Super Thrower Track Club, threw the 4kg hammer 144 feet in early June to set the best mark in the nation for girls ages 15-16. She is pictured here with Maddie Randels.Madison Speer, a member of the Super Thrower Track Club based in Oregon City, threw the 4kg hammer 144 feet, 0 inches at the Amity Track Club Throws meet on June 5.

With her throw, Speer — 14 and a Tualatin High School freshman — qualified for the Outdoor Nationals Presented by Nike on June 30. Speer's throw not only eclipsed the qualifying mark of 141 feet, it ranks her no. 1 in the state of Oregon for all high school girls in the 4kg hammer and also makes her no. 1 in the nation for girls hammer throw in the 15-16 age group.

MADISON SPEER

"I just want to keep improving, and hopefully by the time I'm a senior in high school, I will have earned a scholarship offer."

Maddie Speer

"I was very surprised. … I didn't even realize it until we found out from one of my teammate's parents that I had secured the no. 1 ranking in Oregon," Speer said. "I was mainly focused on qualifying for the Outdoor Nationals."

Speer is the only freshman girl hammer thrower in the U.S. to qualify for the Outdoor Nationals meet. HMMR Media puts out a "National List" to track the best high school throwers in the country and Speer is the only freshman girl to make the list for hammer throw. Further, she's the only freshman girl in the country to make the list for weight throw. The standard to make the list for 4kg hammer throw is 130 feet.

"I'm not concerned about rankings and all that stuff," Speer said. "I just want to keep improving, and hopefully by the time I'm a senior in high school, I will have earned a scholarship offer."

Speer — coached at Super Thrower Track Club by Scott Skipper — said that her goals are to break the Oregon high school hammer record of 202 feet 0.5 inches, earn a D1 scholarship offer and someday compete for the Olympics.

"The key to my success has been just practicing. I have been practicing three days a week with two of the best throwing coaches in the country — Scott and Greg Skipper — and working out in my off-time," she said, noting that she's trained with the Super Thrower Track Club since she was in sixth grade. "But I absolutely love throwing hammer so it doesn't feel like work to me."

In addition to her latest accomplishment, Speer also listed three more notable achievements — earning her black belt in Taekwondo at age 9, throwing the hammer 130 feet this year to make the Nationals List, and throwing 43 feet in weight throw last indoor season to make the National List for weight throw.

"As far as future accomplishments go, I just want to keep doing well in school," Speer added. "And by the time I'm a senior, I would really like to earn a scholarship for throwing."


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