Scottsdale introduces TurboJav to track & field
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Scottsdale introduces TurboJav to track & field

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  • Becky Kelbaugh/Scottsdale Unified School District

The Scottsdale Unified School District is on the cutting edge of athletics by being one of the first school districts in Arizona to introduce the Turbo Javelin in the Middle School Track and Field Program.

Middle School Track and Field students will begin using the TurboJav at the first track meet on April 2nd at 4 p.m. at Coronado High School, 7501 E. Virginia Ave., Scottsdale 85257.

“SUSD is once again proving that it’s the ‘Best Choice’ for students and athletes. The USA Track & Field program is the only other program in Arizona using the TurboJav. Our middle school coaching staff will teach students how to throw it correctly, so they can develop better throwing abilities by the time the athletes reach high school and college. The students will be able to advance to become elite throwers and possibly make it to the USA Olympic Team one day,” said Clif McKenzie, executive director of K-12 Athletics.

Currently, the Javelin is not an event at the high school level in Arizona; however, the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) is discussing introducing the TurboJav.

The TurboJav was invented by Tom Petranoff in 1990. As a two time world record holder in javelin, Mr. Petranoff was asked to develop a safer javelin option for beginner athletes. The TurboJav is made of polyethylene, has a rubber tip and varies in weight.

Scottsdale Unified School District, where we Engage, Educate and Empower Every Student, Every Day. The District and 15 schools have earned the state’s highest A-F Achievement Profile grade – A. All Scottsdale schools are graded as A, B, or C by the Arizona Department of Education. For more information about Scottsdale Unified schools, please visit