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Published June 24, 2013, 06:00 PM

Riley Dolezal- Won U-S Javelin Title

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Riley Dolezal had his future planned when getting ready to leave Stanley, North Dakota. He was signed to pitch at Valley City State and play quarterback for the football team.

By: WDAY, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Riley Dolezal had his future planned when getting ready to leave Stanley, North Dakota. He was signed to pitch at Valley City State and play quarterback for the football team.

But, in the spring of his senior year, he changed his mind to do track and field at NDSU.

That decision helped him become a national champion yesterday. Dolezal, a Bison alum, broke his personal record by 30 feet, throwing the Javelin 273 feet, 11 inches to not only win, but reach a World A standard, qualifying him for the world championships in Moscow later this summer.

Riley Dolezal- Won U-S Javelin Title: "Just shock, I guess, still tough to believe. Obviously, I was confident that I could throw far, but I wasn't expecting to be at that level."

Justin ST. Clair- NDSU Assistant Coach: "I'm kind of speechless really. It was neat to see. I knew he could throw 80 meters. I just didn't know if or when it would happen. And luckily for us, for Riley, it happened on the most important day."

Fargo's Riley Johnson, he won the U-S Junior Amateur Qualifier at Fargo Country Club today. He'll play in the junior amateur championship in California in late July.

Dolezal's toss would have been good enough for 4th in last year's olympics.

He's the first male from NDSU to qualify for the world championships.

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