Roseburg’s Dalton Rasmussen will compete at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in the javelin Saturday at North Carolina A&T’s Aggie Stadium in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The meet started today and runs through Sunday.
“I’ve already competed there, but this year I’ll be part of the elite group,” Rasmussen said. “It’s a big stage ... you get to be in front of thousands of people will be there to watch and I’ll get to compete at night. It’s going to be a cool atmosphere.”
The recent Roseburg High School graduate is hoping to break the RHS school record of 207-7 (new implement), but his other focus will be on becoming an All-American again. Rasmussen’s personal best is 195-4 1/2.
“I know one of the guys — Tzuriel Pedigo — he’s a nice guy, he throws about 240,” Rasmussen said. “He’s pretty awesome and he’s actually in choir and drama. We’ve talked about that stuff.”
The top six finishers in each event receive All-American status and receive medals. The winner of each event will be awarded a championship ring.
“I feel like I’m probably top 10-11, but they haven’t put out the meet sheet yet,” Rasmussen said.
Rasmussen, who has committed to Concordia University in Portland, will throw in the third flight of the emerging elite javelin.
Rasmussen left for North Carolina on Thursday, hoping that a rest day would help him get acclimated.
“It’s going to be a hot, hot week,” he said. “The heat might be something that could hinder me, but I’ll just have to get over it.”
After the meet, Rasmussen will take a trip to Washington, D.C., with his father and grandfather.
“It’s a little senior trip,” Rasmussen said, adding he’s most excited to visit the Smithsonian Museum.