July 13, 2013
Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec- Rice Sophomore Evan Karakolis threw 217-2 to win the Canadian Junior Championship in the javelin. Karakolis, the Rice school record holder in the event, competes again at the Pan American Junior Championships, Aug. 23-25, in Medellin, Colombia.
"It's good to get back on track," said Karakolis. "This is positive momentum for next year, I hope to continue it with a new school record at the Pan American Junior Championships in Colombia."
The Scarborough, Ontario native threw 217-2 on his second throw to win the competition. Karakolis' second-best throw of 211-1, was better than any other competitor's best throw.
"I'm proud of Evan," said Rice throws coach Casey Thom. "He was extremely poised today. Today is a great step forward in his career. It's an accomplishment that he'll always be able to carry with him, and hopefully the first of many."
Rice Sophomore Hodson Harding (Coquitlam, B.C.) also competed in the event, finishing seventh in the 400 m race with a 48.86. Hodson jumped out to the lead at the 200 m mark, before finishing in seventh.