Rose throwing her way into history

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Cassville Athletic Director Doug Martin looks on as Josi Rose launches the javelin during the Cassville Track Meet. Chuck Nickle Special to the Cassville Democrat

It weighs 1.3 pounds and is 102.4 inches long, and for Cassville sophomore Josi Rose, it is has provided a new experience for her athletic career.

Rose is Cassville's first-ever female javelin thrower.

The Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) introduced the javelin as a competition on a trial basis last year. This season, the contest is officially sanctioned as an event and is becoming increasingly popular.

Josi Rose gets her momentum headed forward as she prepares to launch the javelin during the Cassville Track Meet. Chuck Nickle Special to the Cassville Democrat

"One reason the javelin has gained in popularity is because it is new to us Missouri guys," said Lance Parnell, Cassville track throwing coach. "We didn't participate in the event last year, but with Doug Martin coming in and having a big track background, he suggested that the javelin might be an event we wanted to pick up."

Parnell said with the newness of the event, the coaches were not sure what type of athlete would excel at throwing the javelin.

Martin suggested that the coaches look to the softball team for help. Rose fit the mold.

"The motion of throwing a javelin and a softball are very similar," Rose said. "So I tried it out and found out that it wasn't a bad sport for me."

Rose explained the throwing motion for the javelin and a softball pitcher both begin from the hip.

"The throwing motion, you either have it or you don't," Rose said. "For me, it was a natural adjustment. I was nervous at the first meet, but once I made my first throw, I haven't really been nervous."

The rules for the javelin are fairly simple -- the tip must hit the ground first in order to count as a toss, and the javelin must land inside the in-bounds area.

"I think Josi's softball background has been a major plus," Parnell said. "She also has had some success early. She has the drive to get better, and that will serve her well going forward."

Cassville sophomore Josi Rose gathers her thoughts before her javelin attempt during varsity action. Chuck Nickle Special to the Cassville Democrat

Getting better is something Rose works on every day.

"Each day, I try my best," Rose said. "We spend a lot of time working on technique. I enjoy the event, it really is a lot of fun."

The sophomore says she does not focus on being the first female at Cassville to throw the javelin, but she does want to set a record that will be hard to beat.

Rose finished third at the Cassville meet with a throw of 87-04. Her season best was a 90-06.

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