The girls javelin has been an event that has remained steady nationally through much of the last four seasons.
And that's likely because there's only a finite amount of statewide governing bodies that include the throw in each of their track and field competitions.
But it's also a difficult trade to perfect, too.
Over the last four seasons, not including 2017, less than 20 athletes have been able to top the 150-feet mark across the board nationally.
In 2015, Connellsville (Pa.) High's Madison Wiltrout set the national record at a section qualifier for her state meet. But after an elbow injury sidelined her and impacted her junior season, the North Carolina signee is only getting back to form now as a senior. Just recently, Wiltrout posted her best throw since 2015, logging the national lead in the throw at a dual meet.
Here are the nation's leaders in the event over the last five consecutive seasons, with 2017 still ongoing:
- 2017: Madison Wiltrout, Connellsville (Pa.), 173-10
- 2016: Sophia Rivera, Brentwood (MO), 180-4
- 2015: Madison Wiltrout, Connellsville (Pa.), 185-8
- 2014: Katelyn Gochenour, Marian (NE), 167-0
- 2013: Haley Crouser, Greshman (OR), 163-7
Beyond Wiltrout's national record, she also owns three of the top four marks all-time. Crouser, who graduated in 2013 and went on to the University of Texas, is third on the national list and has three of the top seven marks all-time.
Click on the slideshow to see a rundown of the top 100 athletes yearly from 2013-2017, plus a month-by-month look this year.
2017 l 2016 l 2015 l 2014 l 2013
April l May