Notre Dame's Stelly ranks third nationally in the javelin

CROWLEY – Notre Dame’s Hunter Stelly has been the state leader in the javelin for the entire 2013 track and field season.

And now, according to milesplit.com, he ranks near the top nationally as well.

The national track and field website has Stelly’s toss of 206-9 as the third-best throw in the nation behind Curtis Thompson (214-7) of Florence TWP High School in New Jersey and Justin Carter (208-9) of Auburn High School in Alabama.

“It’s just unbelievable what Hunter has been able to do this year,” said ND coach James McCleary of Stelly, who trains with former Louisiana Lafayette javelin standout Rocky Guidry.

“He’s got good coaching and I think that he (Guidry) has really taught him the technical parts of the event which has been a big help to him.”

On top of that is natural ability.

“He’s very strong, he’s extremely quick and I think those two things put together along with the great technical coaching has really helped him,” said McCleary.”

Stelly posted a mark 200-9 at the Eunice Bobcat Relays in March to break Notre Dame’s previous school record of 198-0 that was set by Byron Ronkratz all the way back in 1968.

Stelly then broke his own record by throwing 206-9 two weeks later at Church Point Bear Paw Relays.

“Anytime you get a record to fall, it’s fun and unique to see,” said McCleary. “This is a (school) record that I think will stand for a while. To go over 200, very few people in the history of the state have been able to go over 200.”

Stelly will have an opportunity to claim the LHSAA state meet record on Saturday when he competes in the Class 3A State Championships at LSU’s Bernie Moore Stadium.

The current record in Class 3A is 202-3 and was set by Albany’s Derek Hampton in 2011. Preston Chatham of St. Paul’s threw 212-03 back in 2005 to set the composite record.

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