Isabelle Deal is on her way to the NCAA Division 3 track championships in the javelin.
Deal, a freshman at Ursinus from Washington Township, qualified with her personal-best 136-6 when she won the Centennial Conference title earlier this month at Muhlenberg College in Allentown.
The cut-off for qualifying for nationals turned out to be 134-5 – the top 19 throwers in the country qualify. Deal is the No. 16 seed. She wound up surpassing that in each of her last three meets.
Until this month, Deal had never thrown 130 feet in the javelin. In her last three meets, she has eight throws of at least 130 feet:
Centennial Conference, May 2
The College oof New Jersey Last Chance Meet, May 13
Salisbury Qualifying Meet, May 18
Deal also won the shot put at the Centennial Conference meet at 38-4 and was sixth in the hammer throw with a 111-11.
The school record is listed as 137-9 1/2 by Sandy Wirth in 1983, although javelin throws are not measured in fractions of inches, so we’ll call it a 137-9.
The NCAA Division 3 track championships are scheduled for Thursday and Friday at the Irwin Belk Track on the campus of North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, N.C. The javelin is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday.
At Washington Township, Deal had PRs of 126-9 in the javelin, 37-8 in the shot and 93-3 in the discus . The javelin has been her strongest event, and she was the 2019 South Jersey Group 4 champion with that 126-9 and also won the Gloucester County and Olympic Conference titles before placing fifth at states and 13th at the Meet of Champions.