Giving his all in the javelin event during the recent 2013 World Youth Track & Field Trials in Edwardsville, IL, local Tahoma High School athlete Denham Patricelli won the event with flying colors.
Throwing the javelin came naturally for Tahoma High School student Denham Patricelli – so naturally, in fact, that after only a couple of seasons under his belt, he set a new American record with the javelin in the 2013 World Youth Track & Field Trials – nearly making the IAAF World Youth Team representing Team USA.
Patricelli started throwing the javelin during his freshman year for Tahoma’s Track & Field spring season. During that season, he qualified for State Competition giving him a good foundation for future high level competitions. Then in his sophomore year as he was really looking forward to another great season with throwing coach, Keith Eager, Patricelli tore the Ulnar Collateral Ligament in his elbow early in the season. Unable to compete in the 2012 State Competition due to the injury, he went ahead and had “Tommy John” surgery that spring, which put him out of commissions for a year.
After a year rehab and just 3 weeks before the 2013 Field & Track State Competition held in May, Patricelli, now a junior, was back in the game. Not only did he qualify for the 4A state championship in the javelin event, but he also won State Title. He also participated on the 4x400 meter relay team as anchor for the team along with teammates Brendan Newell, Brennan Toomey, and Jake Contreras. During a couple of regular season meets, he would have a crowd of fans on their feet as he came from behind for a win in that event.
Meanwhile, with a talent for throwing the javelin, Coach Eager made suggestions as to competitions Patricelli might do well in since he was not a part of any club teams outside of high school. One of the competitions was a Jr. Olympic event held in Wichita, Kansas in July 2011 during his freshman year and won the javelin event. The competition was a good warm up for the recent 2013 World Youth Track & Field Trials held in Edwardsville, IL from June 25-26. Although he won the 2013 Trials event by throwing a 700 gram javelin 67.49 meters (221.5 feet) thereby setting a new American record, the final Team USA roster did not include any athletes for the javelin event – which has been absent from the roster for the past 5 years.
Besides throwing javelin, another sport interest included playing on the THS football team as wide receiver and linebacker. But perhaps Patricelli’s most favorite sport of all is – fishing. Calling himself an avid fisherman, he not only has fished many lakes and rivers in the Puget Sound area, but he took his fishing equipment with him and fished the local lakes while in Illinois following the 2013 World Youth Track & Field Trials.
Looking forward to his upcoming senior year with graduation in June 2014, Patricelli has already been contacted by a University of Washington Field & Track coach interested in Patricelli’s talent.
For more information on Team USA at the IAAF World Youth Championships, visit www.usatf.org