Javelin thrower getting ready for national meet

Javelin thrower getting ready for national meet
javelin thrower (Source: WECT)

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - For ten-year-old Lily McKee, throwing the javelin is a family affair; her dad Shawn McKee is her coach.

Lily recently took home first place in the 9-10 division girls javelin thrown at the AAU National Qualifiers at UNC-Charlotte.

Her winning throw was just over 18.7 meters, setting a personal best by 13 feet.

“I do come in with high expectation because I believe in myself,” said McKee. ‘I think I am a good athlete.”

For her father Shawn, the win was very emotional. “It brought tears to my eyes in a good way,” said Lily’s dad Shawn. “Because Lily worked so hard.”

With her win, Lily qualified to compete in the AAU National Championship in Greensboro.

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