As is the case with many throwers coming out of high school, Delaney Hall's technique and approach on the javelin wasn't any more intricate than the classic grip-it-and-rip it approach.
There certainly is nothing wrong with that at the prep level, as Hall was able to parlay her compact strength and cannon right arm into a pair of state championships in her native Oregon.
Yet competing at the Division I level, particularly with the Colorado Buffaloes in the Pac-12 Conference, requires a far greater attention to detail. Hall admits the tweaks advised to her by CU throws coach Casey Malone remain a work in progress, yet Hall appears to be mastering the new tricks just fine.
On Friday, the CU freshman won the women's javelin throw on the first day of the annual CU Invitational, posting her second victory in as many weeks. Not bad for an athlete still attempting to fine-tune the nuances of her mechanics for the first time in her career.
"I'm just trying to learn this new technique and get all the positions down with this new form," said Hall. "I was just running and throwing it before. Now I'm actually having to learn the technique. You have to worry about where your arms are at, the crossovers. And the landing position is probably what I'm focused on the most right now."
Hall, a rookie from Lakeview, Ore., who also took the javelin crown last week in Greeley at the Tom Benich Invitational, was ranked 19th nationally coming out of high school and already has enjoyed a fast start with the Buffs despite the overhaul of her mechanics.
"Very quickly she has put on some good muscle, so I think part of the challenge for her in a technical sense is being able to use that power in a relaxed, fluid way," Malone said. "With her marks coming out of high school you kind of know she's going to be in scoring range in the Pac-12 Conference, which is really impressive. Her ceiling is pretty high."
Hall posted a winning mark of 39.42 meters on Friday, with teammate Abrianna Torres taking runner-up honors in the javelin with a top throw of 37.94.
Just four field events — the men's and women's javelin, along with the men's and women's hammer throw — were held on Friday, with the remainder of the invite beginning on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Potts Field. CU's Joseph Martinez placed second in the men's javelin (48.77) while Brady Rutt finished third in the men's hammer throw (58.83).
At Potts Field
(Results in meters)
Men's javelin — 1. Piper, Air Force, 49.95; 2. Martinez, CU, 48.77; 3. McLean, Colorado Mines, 42.95; 4. Ghizzone, CU, 41.72; 5. Smith, Colorado Mines, 38.97; 6. Gravelding, CU, 36.75; 7. Sisneros, Colorado Mines, 36.68; 8. Moyer, Air Force, 34.83.
Women's javelin — 1. Hall, CU, 39.42; 2. Torres, CU, 28.78; 3. Wenning, unattached, 35.54; 4. Giles, unattached, 34.32; 5. Oates, Northern Colorado, 33.81; 6. Tuck, CSU-Pueblo, 33.49; 7. Kline, CU, 31.86; 8. Vicenti, Denver Track Club, 31.15; 9. Migliozzi, Northern Colorado, 30.18; 10. Lipsett, Colorado Mesa, 28.27; 11. Wichhart-Donzo, CU, 28.20; 12. L. Sharpe, CU, 20.50; 13. Clark, Colorado Mesa, 25.89; 4. R. Sharpe, CU, 17.65.
Men's hammer throw — 1. Hollister, Colorado Mines, 60.01; 2. Anderson, Wyoming, 59.40; 3. Rutt, Colorado, 58.83; 4. Newell, Colorado State, 54.68; 5. Jensen, Colorado Mesa, 50.32; 6. Jones, Colorado Mines, 48.06; 7. Tate, Northwest Kansas, 46.36; 8. Brown, CSU-Pueblo, 45.30; 9. Pauling, Colorado Mines, 44.86.
Women's hammer throw — 1. Hunsucker, Buff Track Club, 60.95; 2.Hallam-Eames, CU, 54.33; 3. Grandemange, CU 53.81; 4. Larrabee, Colorado State, 53.80; 5. York, Wyoming, 51.74; 6. Eberhardt, CSU-Pueblo, 48.84; 7, C. Clark, unattached, 48.80; 8. Morgan, Air Force, 44.59; 9. Walker, CU, 43.66; 10. Pallizzi, Northern Colorado, 39.59; 11. T. Clark, Colorado Mesa, 39.41; 12. Sleep, Wyoming, 38.94; 13. Lipsett, Colorado Mesa, 38.00; 14. Hall, CU, 35.07; 15. Stephens, Colorado Mines, 33.68.