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Sam Crouser claims Olympic javelin spot

TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Sam Crouser returned home to entertain the Hayward Field crowd once more, finishing fourth in the javelin and gaining a spot on Team USA. EUGENE -- American javelin throwers like Cyrus Hostetler and Sam Crouser earn little respect outside the United States. It’s difficult for Hostetler and Crouser to protest too loudly, since the 18 leading javelin throwers in the world are foreigners.

On Monday afternoon, reputations and world rankings were of little concern to Hostetler and Crouser.

That’s because the former University of Oregon teammates -- Hostetler from Newberg High, Crouser from Gresham High – emerged from the U.S. Olympic Trials at Hayward Field as two of the three U.S. javelin throwers headed to the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

“I’m on cloud nine,” Hostetler said after winning the Trials with a throw of 273 feet, 1 inch. “I’m so happy. I’m losing my voice. My cheeks are tight from smiling so much.”

Crouser came in fourth at 256-1. The top three finishers would have advanced if they owned a throw of 83.00 meters (272-3) during the qualifying period, but only Hostetler, Crouser and 11th-place Sean Furey met the criteria. Second-place Curtis Thompson (271-11) came up 12 centimeters shy.

“I’m feeling great,” Crouser said. “I would have liked to have thrown a little farther, but being an Olympian, it’s just something no one can ever take away from you.”