INDIANAPOLIS - Olympic gold medalist Stephanie Brown-Trafton set an American record of 67.74m/222-3 on Friday at the Altius TC Throwdown in Maui, Hawaii.
Brown-Trafton’s mark improved her own personal best from 2009 by more than five feet, and this was her third personal record set in Hawaii. Brown-Trafton easily won the competition, as second place finished more than three meters behind.
“I knew that I had been throwing well this entire season, and I knew that I’ve been pulling out the stops this year with everything from workouts to diet to technique,” Brown-Trafton said. “I knew this year was probably going to be a record setting year for me, not only a personal record, but I did have the intention of breaking the American record.”
The winning mark came on Brown-Trafton’s third attempt of the day and bettered Suzy Powell-Roos’ record of 67.67m/222-0 from 2007 by three inches.
“The actual throw where I broke the record didn’t necessarily feel like my best throw,” Brown-Trafton said. “I really wasn’t happy with the throw technically. Then the guys out in the field were like, ‘that’s it, that’s the record. Pull out the steel tape, she’s got it.’ But I know I’ve got so much more in me, and I'd love to break the record by 10 feet, not three inches. So there is this fine line with never being satisfied. I guess I’d call myself a perfectionist.”
Olympian Ian Waltz served as the meet director for the Altius TC Throwdown. Complete results can be found online at: www.altiustc.com
Learn more about Brown-Trafton's career though her website www.StephanieTrafton.com
or through her USATF Bio