by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: MEG WILLIAMS - Gresham Highs Haley Crouser selects her spear during Sundays javelin finals at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene. She placed eighth.

The Gresham High junior finishes eighth in the javelin Sunday.

EUGENE - As 17-year-old Haley Crouser met with media after the women's javelin finals in the U.S. Olympic trials Sunday at Hayward Field, fellow competitor Dana Pound-Lyon walked by with food for thought.

"The future, ladies and gentlemen," Pound-Lyon said, gesturing in Crouser's direction. "The future."

Crouser isn't bad for the present, either.

The Gresham native entered the finals with two specific goals in mind - 175 feet and a spot in the final eight. She did that and more, placing seventh with a best of 179-8.

Crouser, who recently completed her junior year at Gresham High, also had throws of 177-7 and 173-5 as she came close to the 181-2 personal record she set at the Aloha Relays in April.

"I was really happy with how it turned out ... that's the closest I've been to my PR since I threw 181, and the best series of my life," she said. "I felt I could hit a big one."

Crouser threw 177-7 on her second attempt to guarantee a place in the final eight. She then popped one 179-8 in the final round, putting together a solid series after coaching advice from her father, Dean Crouser.

"Fixed a glitch, changed her center of gravity," said the senior

Crouser, a former NCAA shot put and discus champion at the University of Oregon. "We're right back to where we need to be."

Haley Crouser was by far the youngest competitor in the 12-woman javelin finals. The closest was Leigh Petranoff, 23, who finished eighth at 175-10.

Three women qualified for the U.S. team that will compete in the London Games: 22-year-old Brittany Borman (201-9), an NCAA champion the past two years for Oklahoma; 26-year-old Kara Patterson (196-2) from Skyview High in Vancouver, Wash., and former UO and Newberg High star Rachel

Yurkovich, 25 (186-6).

The 6-foot, 150-pound Crouser soon heads to Spain for the World Junior Championships. She won her second straight U.S. junior title last month at Indianapolis.

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