Tommi Martin placed 8th in the nation with a throw of 131 meters in the Javelin at Junior Olympics in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Tommi Lee Martin, a student at Tarkio High School and an East Atchison athlete, recently traveled to North Carolina with her family to compete in the Javelin event at the Junior Olympics August 5, 2022. The Junior Olympics is an annual event held by the United States Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). Unlike the Olympics, the junior version is open to U.S. competitors only and held in American cities. To qualify for the National AAU Junior Olympics, an athlete must place 1st through 12th in All-Around at their respective District Championships in their respective age division. More than 19,000 athletes headed to Greensboro, North Carolina, for the 56th edition of the AAU Junior Olympic Games — the largest multi-sport event for youth in the U.S.

Tommi is a member of Pony Express Track Club. As a Pony Express athlete, she participated in the Regional Meet in Joplin, Missouri, where she placed 4th in the Javelin, qualifying her for the Junior Olympics in Greensboro.

There were 89 participants in her event from all over the United States. During the preliminary round, athletes were given three attempts (throws) to advance to the finals. Only the top eight move on. Tommi made it to the finals, where she had another three throws. In the finals, Tommi placed 8th in the nation with a throw of 131 meters.

Tommi remarked, “I was so proud and shocked to have placed 8th in the nation. It was one of my greatest experiences. I’m so glad I worked on track all summer because it all paid off.” Tommi’s journey was more than she could imagine. She is grateful for the opportunity and experience. Tommi is looking forward to competing more in the future and hopes to participate in more heptathlons.