Madison Speer, a freshman at Tualatin High School, recently qualified in the hammer throw for the 2021 U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Nationals set to be held at Hayward Field in Eugene later this summer.
Speer threw a personal record of 144 feet even on June 5 at the Amity Throws Meet in Amity, Ore. Not only did this mark qualify the 14-year-old for the Outdoor Nationals, it also represents the top mark this year in the national 15-16-year-old girls age group. Unsurprisingly, it is also the top girls high school mark in Oregon this year.
Another distinction earned by Speer is that she is the only high school freshman this year to make the Nationals List, published by HMMR Media, in both the 20-pound and 4-kilo (about 8.8 pounds) categories.
Speer competes for the Super Thrower Track Club based in Oregon City, where she is coached by Scott Skipper. Skipper has also coached Sherwood High School standout Shelby Moran, who holds Oregon high school girls state records in the discus, weight throw and hammer throw. She is now competing in those events for Arizona State University. Another former Super Thrower Track Club member, Ava David, graduated last year from Lake Oswego High School and now competes for the University of Arizona.
Speer hopes to one day surpass all of her peers, earn an NCAA Division 1 college scholarship and represent the United States in an Olympic Games.