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MEN'S JAVELIN.

Byline: The Register-Guard

EVENT final: jULY 6, 4:15 P.M.

World Record: 323-1 - Hayward Field Record: 279-7

U.S. Record: 299-6 - Olympic `A' Standard: 268-4

Meet Record: 270-4 - Olympic `B' Standard: 255-3

ANALYSIS

Undeterred by his paucity of competition this season, Breaux Greer says his focus is on making a couple of throws in Eugene to get him to the Olympics and then letting loose in China. Considering he's won eight U.S. titles, he would seem to know what preparation is best to avoid the injuries that have haunted his career. Meanwhile, the other two picks here to make the team have both recorded their best throws this season, and only five Americans have thrown farther (with the new implement) than Leigh Smith's mark this spring. There have also been bests set in '08 for the three collegians listed 5-6-8 below who went 1-2-3 at NCAA meet, and Sean Furey has added 15 feet in '08, but experience of Mike Hazle (Pan Am silver in '07) and Brian Chaput (second in '04 Trials) gives them edge for that third berth.

FORM CHART

Name - Age - Residence - PR

1, Breaux Greer - 31 - Scottsdale, Ariz. - 299-6

Yes, he's one and same as "Hurricane" on American Gladiator.

2, Leigh Smith - 26 - Destrehan, La. - 274-9

Once a 6-7 prep quarterback, he's grown an inch, throws deeper.

3, Mike Hazle - 29 - Chula Vista, Calif. - 269-8

A favorite here: among his are cup of coffee, sports section in a.m.

4, Brian Chaput - 26 - Philadelphia - 263-11

All-academic Ivy League choice while winning NCAA for Penn.

5, Chris Hill - 20 - Athens, Ga. - 268-1

Set U.S. junior record; added Drake Relays mark that's his PR.

6, Corey White - 22 - Los Angeles - 267-10

Long increase in setting USC record after transfer from Redlands.

7, Sean Furey - 26 - Mission Viejo, Calif. - 258-10

Two-sporter at Dartmouth 'til elbow surgery ended his time at QB.

8, Adam Montague - 20 - Gainesville, Fla. - 263-1

In 2005, he won junior championships of both U.S. and Australia.

ALSO: Cyrus Hostetler (241-7) of Lane Community College pleads "root for the underdog." UO grad Ryan Brandel (238-0) is that, too.

- Bob Clark, The Register-Guard
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