PR: 77.99m/255-10 (2006)
Born: September 6, 1979 in Port Orchard, Wash.
Current Residence: Seattle, Wash.
High School: South Kitsap (WA) HS ‘98
College: Boise State ‘03
Coach: Duncan Atwood
Career Highlights: Two-time USA Outdoor runner-up (’03, ’06); 3rd at
2005 USA Outdoor Champs; 2003 NCAA Outdoors runner-up
For the second time in his career at the end of the 2006 season, Minnitti
ended a campaign ranked as the #2 javelin thrower in the nation. Minnitti, who
first ended a season ranked #2 in the U.S. back in 2003, threw a career best of
77.99m/255-10 with his runner-up finish at the 2006 AT&T USA Outdoor
Championships in Indianapolis. As a collegian Minnitti showed great promise, and
he burst on to the national scene in 2005 with his third-place finish at the USA
Outdoor Championships. A solid collegiate javelin thrower while at the
University of Washington and later Boise State, Minnitti leaped on to the
national stage with his runner-up placings at the 2003 NCAA and USA Outdoor
Championships. Minnitti joined the Boise State program in the fall of 2000 after
two seasons at the University of Washington, where as a freshman in 1999 he
placed sixth in the javelin at the Pac-10 Conference Championships. His best
mark in 1999 of 67.92m/222-10 was the 23rd best by an American that season. He
decided to leave the University of Washington following the retirement of coach
Ken Shannon. At Boise State, Minitti earned NCAA All-American honors as a
junior, and finished 13th at the 2002 NCAA Outdoor Championships. During his
high school career, Minnitti set the Washington state record in the javelin with
his throw of 65.55m/215-0. In addition to enjoying an outstanding track and
field career at South Kitsap High School, Minnitti was also an excellent
football player. A two-time all-league selection at quarterback, Minnitti led
his team to two state championship appearances, winning the state title in 1997.
He started throwing the javelin during his junior year believing it would help
his strength and speed for football. Coach D.J. Sigurdson gave him a few tips,
and six weeks after picking up the javelin for the first time, he won the
Washington state prep title. His collegiate major was psychology.
at USA Outdoors (70.27/230-6)…best
2006: Runner-up at USA Outdoors (77.99m/255-10PR)…7th at World Cup (73.40m/240-10)…ranked #2 in U.S. by T&FN…best of 77.99m/255-10.
2005: 3rd at USA Outdoor Champs (74.99m/246-0)…ranked #4 in U.S. by T&FN…best of 74.99m/246-0.
2004: 11th at Olympic Trials (68.59m/225-0)…6th at Rehlingen (74.11m/243-1)…best of 74.11m/243-1.
2003: Runner-up at USA Outdoors (77.21m/253-4)…runner-up at NCAA Outdoors (75.07m/246-3)…runner-up at Pihtipudas (77.34/253-9)…1st at El Paso (76.91m/252-4)…ranked #2 in U.S. by T&FN…best of 77.34m/253-9.
2002: 11th at USA Outdoors (71.79m/235-06)…11th at NCAA Outdoors…1st at Tucson (73.47m/241-0)…best of 73.47m/241-0.
2001: 4th at WAC Championships…best of 67.26m/220-8.
2000: Injured and did not compete…had Tommy John surgery following a torn UCL.
1999: Sixth at Pac-10 Championships…best of 67.92m/222-10.