Dakotah at the AAU Club Championships where she placed 3rd.
When a new school year ramps up next month, and it comes time for the Pardeeville brother and sister duo of Kelby and DaKotah Crotty to tell their classmates what they did this summer, they can boast to everyone that they became All-Americans in track and field.
DaKotah, who will be beginning her junior year at Pardeeville High School this fall, and Kelby, who is entering 6th grade, officially earned All-American status while competing in the javelin at the AAU Club National Championships two weeks ago at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.
The Crotty siblings have had a busy summer on track and field circuit. They both competed at the USA Track and Field Wisconsin State Meet in Waukesha back on June 11 in three different throwing events (shot put, discus, javelin). At the state meet, DeKotah won the javelin title for the second time in her career with a new personal record throw of 93 feet, 4 inches. She also finished fifth in the shot put after failing to place in the discus. Also at the state meet, Kelby was third in the javelin while taking fifth in both the discus and shot put.
Both Kelby and DaKotah qualified for USATF regional in Mankato, Minnesota with the performance at the state meet, but decided not to continue on with the USATF meets because they conflicted with future meets on the AAU summer circuit.
The next competition for the Crottys came on June 18-19 at the AAU Central District Qualifier in Rockford, Illinois. At this meet, both siblings won the javelin in their age division. DaKotah’s winning throw also set a meet record for the girls age 15-16 division.
To go along with their titles in the javelin at the District meet, Kelby finished third in the shot put and fourth in the discus, while DaKotah was third in the discus and fourth in the shot put. Both also qualified for the Regional 13 National Qualifier in all three of their events.
The Regional Meet was held June 30 to July 3 in Decatur, Illinois, and both siblings continued their dominance in the javelin, as both finished in first place, including Kelby doing so with a new personal record. Needing to finish in the top five to advance to Nationals, Kelby was able to move on with a fifth place in the shot put and a fourth place in the discus, where he entered the meet seeded sixth. DaKotah was able to also advance to Nationals in the discus, but not in the shot put, where she finished in sixth place after bowing out early with an injury.
With the two of them qualified for Nationals in a combined five events, the family headed to Orlando for the week-long event that began on July 11. The AAU Club National Championships include over 4,300 kids competing from 37 states, along with Canada, the Bahamas, Jamaica and Puerto Rico.
Kelby’s time at Nationals included an eighth place finish in the javelin after he increased his distance by 2 ½ feet on his final throw in the finals. That finish was good enough to put him on the podium, making him an All-American for the first time in his career. Kelby also finished 23rd in the shot put and 14th in the discus.
DaKotah entered Nationals seeded fourth in the javelin, but moved up to third place when her third throw hit 87 feet, 2 inches. The third place finish made her an All-American for the second time in her career. DaKotah also finished 17th in the discus.
Next up for the Crottys is a trip to Houston for the AAU Junior Olympics, which begins on July 31 and runs through Aug. 5.