Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Javelin Whiz Eyes Return after Surgery

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Javelin Whiz Eyes Return after Surgery

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The best javelin thrower in the history of high school track and field is still mending, but Madison Wiltrout plans on competing at some point this spring.

Wiltrout, a junior at Connellsville High School, broke the national high school record in spring 2015. But she sustained an injured right (throwing) elbow when she won a PIAA championship in May and had surgery in June to repair a slightly torn ulnar ligament.

Wiltrout said she basically had Tommy John surgery.

"It was pretty much the same, but the doctor didn't want to call it that because it was done a little bit of a different way," Wiltrout said.

Wiltrout went through months of rehabilitation and has been throwing a javelin for a few weeks now. She is hoping to possibly compete April 15 in the Latrobe/Hempfield Invitational.

"I've been feeling great," Wiltrout said. "I still need some more strengthening in my shoulders and everything, but everything is pretty much rehabbed."

Wiltrout set a national high school record a year ago when she threw 185 feet, 8 inches at the WPIAL qualifier. She also set meet records at the WPIAL and PIAA championships. Her throw of 185-8 would've been good for sixth place at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.

Wiltrout believes she can get to the level she was throwing a year ago, but she has tweaked her throwing technique a little. She already has qualified to compete in the Olympic Trials July 1-10 in Eugene, Ore.

"I believe I can get to last year," Wiltrout said. "That's pretty much the main goal. Obviously, I'm looking at the Olympic Trials, too. By the end of this season, I want to hit what I had before or even better. But there are small goals first."

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When Kevin Stallings was introduced as Pitt's new men's basketball coach Monday, the first thing he said was that his initial introduction to Pittsburgh was playing in the 1978 Dapper Dan Roundball Classic high school all-star game.

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