Former Los Alamos Standout Sets Meet Record At U.S. Championships
Over the weekend in Eugene (OR), former Los Alamos High School standout Chase Ealey set a meet record, a facility record, and won the gold in the shot put at the U.S. Track and Field Championships. Ealey threw a world lead 20.51m (67 feet, 3.5 inches) in the second round to take the women’s shot put. The throw was 18cm beyond the previous best this year by Canada’s Sarah Mitton. With the win, Ealey will be on the U.S. team for the world championships next month in Oregon. The 28-year old Ealey is a 4-time USA National Champion in the shot put and won the Oslo Diamond League with a lifetime best of 20.13m earlier this month.
Ealey is a 2012 graduate of Los Alamos High School. She started her track career as a sprinter and is a three-time state champ in the 100m dash. As a sophomore, she won the event in a time of 12.88 seconds. As a junior in 2011, Ealey won three individual gold medals in the 100m dash (12.52 seconds), shot put (42’3.75”-then state record), and javelin (124’01”). That year, she also anchored the winning 4x100m relay (49.05-then state record). Her senior season in 2012, Ealey successfully defended her state title in the 100m dash with a state record time of 12.35 seconds and broke her own record in the shot put with a record throw of 47’3”. Ealey also won her second straight state javelin title with a throw of 129’ and helped Los Alamos win the 4x100m relay in record time (48.65) and 4x200m relay (1:44.94).
*photos courtesy Los Alamos Daily Post