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Former HCC standout Allen Pettner 23rd at Olympic Trials

July 05, 2008

EUGENE, Ore. -- Former Hagerstown Community College All-American Allen Pettner, a native of Mercersburg, Pa., finished 23rd out of 24 competitors in the preliminary round of the men's javelin throw at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials on Friday night.

The top 12 advanced to Sunday's final.

Pettner, competing with a torn ligament in the elbow of his right throwing arm, threw 201 feet, 6 inches after fouling on his first two attempts. Each competitor had three tries.

Barry Krammes had the night's top throw at 259-1. Twelfth place was 230-7.

Pettner's personal-best throw is 239-9, which he used to set a meet record and win his second straight title at last year's Big Ten Conference championships.

Pettner, who lives in State College, Pa., graduated from James Buchanan High School in 2003, HCC in 2005 and Penn State University in 2007.

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He suffered his elbow injury on May 3, but postponed surgery so he could participate in the Trials.

Earlier this week, Pettner said he still was optimistic about his chances.

"I'll definitely be out there giving it 110 percent," he said. "I don't want to let anyone down."

He also said he plans to be back in four years to try again for the 2012 London Olympics.

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