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Fox makes her first high school meet a memorable one, throwing 137-4 to win big.

COURTESY PHOTO - Wilsonville freshman Kylie Fox (here with javelin coach Mike Hieb) broke a school record and notched the state's best throw in the javelin for 2022 in her first high school meet.It didn't take long for Wilsonville's Kylie Fox to make her presence known.

Fox — a Wilsonville freshman who recorded the best javelin throw in the country for her age group last summer — showed Oregon she's ready for even more.

In her first meet as a Wildcat — the Wilsonville/West Linn Ice Breaker meet at Wilsonville High School on Wednesday, March 16 — Fox broke through for the {obj:61430:biggest throw of the state's new year}. Indeed, her throw of 137 feet, 4 inches not only won the Icebreaker, it broke the nine-year-old Wilsonville High School record, set the best mark in the Northwest Oregon Conference, the best mark in the state in any class and bettered Fox's earlier national best by 3 feet, 5 inches.

"I did know it was going to be a good throw," Fox said. "I could just feel it. It felt whippy and it just felt right. It felt like a good throw."

Her javelin coach at Wilsonville, Mike Hieb, is impressed by Fox's ascendancy, especially since she underwent surgery just two months ago in January.

"Kylie … has put in work in the offseason with drills and weight training," Hieb said. "She was on a great track to make big throws, (until she) was told she needed a serious surgery in January that set her back a couple months.

"I only expected this first meet for her to have a competitive throw. Never did I think or expect to see a (personal record) from her, let alone a school record throw in her first high school meet."

Fox, who admits that she's motivated by records and competition, was thrilled to have broken the previous Wilsonville record of 135-10 set by Rebecca Wenz (who later threw for Weber State) back in 2014.

"I couldn't really believe it at first. It was kind of like surreal at first," Fox said. "I was really excited and motivated by the previous record because I've never thrown over 135 in a meet and that was the school record. I never thought I was going to be able to beat it, and I did. I think Rebecca Wenz's record really motivated me."

Looking ahead, the sky seems to be the limit for Fox.

"I believe she has the capability of winning the NWOC district meet in May, although she will need to put the work in knowing she will be facing the defending state champion, Rylee Lemen from Rex Putnam," Hieb said.

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