Utah State freshman Brenn Flint capped off her freshman season by placing sixth in the shot put last weekend at the 2016 USA Track and Field Junior Outdoor Championships.
The three-day meet took place June 24-26, at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Clovis, California, the same venue that hosted the 2016 Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Flint, a native of Syracuse, Utah, earned a spot on the podium and subsequent medal by placing sixth in the shot put with a throw of 14.57m.
“The top-six placers get medals and the top two go to the World Junior Championships,” said Utah State assistant head track and field coach Matt Ingebritsen, who specifically works with the throwers. “To be able to go to that meet and medal, that’s pretty special. You’re among the very best kids under 20 years old in the country, both at the high school and college level.”
Flint also competed in the discus, finishing 10th with a throw of 46.99m.
Joining Flint at the Junior Outdoor Championships was fellow Aggie freshman Madelyn Sirmon, who competed in the javelin. The native of Walla Walla, Washington, finished eighth in the finals with a throw of 43.05m.
“The No. 1 thing you do when you go to a meet like that is make the finals,” Ingebritsen said. “For them to both go there and do that – Brenn just about made it in both of her events – it’s an amazing experience. They competed like they had all year and didn’t let a bigger meet affect them. They threw as well, if not better, than they did at the NCAA First Rounds. That experience is definitely going to help them going forward next year and it left them hungry, too. They made the finals and had success, but they both felt like they wanted to do more and could do more. I was really proud of what they did.”
Prior to competing at the Junior Outdoor Championships, Flint and Sirmon participated in the NCAA West Preliminary Championships. Sirmon placed 28th in the javelin (46.24m) and Flint was 47th in the shot put (13.32m).
Flint placed fifth in the shot put (14.49m) and discus (49.69m) at the MW Outdoor Championships, while Sirmon finished sixth in the javelin (44.90m).
“I was really impressed at how well they stayed focused and how ready they were for the Junior Outdoor Championships, and they enjoyed it, too,” Ingebritsen said. “That was probably the most fun I’ve seen them have at a meet. What a way to end a freshman year for both of them. They had outstanding freshmen seasons.”