Washington State freshman Christine Kirkwood began her collegiate career with a bang Friday.
The 2011 Othello graduate took second in the women's javelin at the USC Trojan Invitational in Los Angeles.
Kirkwood threw 164-feet, 2-inches (50.05 meters) to take second place. BYU's Allyson Wardell-Andersen won the event with a throw of 167-11 (51.19), while All-American Courtney Kirkwood Simmons, also an Othello graduate, was fourth with a throw of 160-4.
"This was a good job by Christine, who has been nursing some sore ribs," Washington State associated head coach Debra Farwell said in a press release. "I had her use a short approach, but as the competition moved along she felt confident to use the long approach and she lit up again. I was happy with that and happy with Courtney's six throws today."
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Christine Kirkwood transferred from Air Force Academy to WSU at the end of the fall semester. She holds the state high school record, state meet record and the Pasco Invitational record for longest javelin throws.
The meet continues Saturday.