St. Clair Named to Coaching Staff for USATF Under-23 Team
North Dakota State University assistant track & field coach Justin St. Clair has been named to the Team USA coaching staff for the upcoming NACAC Under-23 Championships to be held in Canada in August.
St. Clair, the director of the NDSU men’s and women’s throws programs, will coach the men’s throws for Team USA on August 8-10 in Kamloops, British Columbia in Canada. The meet features the top track & field athletes from North American, Central American and Caribbean countries and territories.
Competing athletes for the NACAC Under-23 Championships are selected from the two highest-placing age-eligible finishers at the 2014 U.S. Championships held in Sacramento, Calif., at the end of June. Athletes must be born in 1992, 1993, or 1994.
With three years completed as an assistant coach at North Dakota State, St. Clair has continued to establish himself as one of the premier throws coaches in the nation. Under St. Clair’s direction, the Bison throwers have carried out a complete overhaul of the school’s record books, as well as gaining more prominence on the national stage.
“This is a great opportunity to be a part of the Team USA staff,” said St. Clair. “It’s always an honor to be able to represent your country in track & field. The success of our NDSU athletes across all the throwing events was an important factor in me being granted this opportunity.”
St. Clair’s throwers broke school records 18 times in 2014, including four new marks on the women’s side (indoor shot put, weight throw, discus, javelin), and men’s records in the indoor and outdoor shot put. Six of NDSU’s seven men’s entries at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds were in the throwing events, tying them for the fourth-most in the nation.
NDSU’s dominance in the throwing events at the conference level has been remarkable. The Bison men racked up 77 points in the four throwing events at the league’s outdoor meet, including 32 points from six placewinners in the javelin for the second straight year. Over the 2013 and 2014 Summit League Outdoor Championships, the NDSU men’s throwers scored 156 team points. No other school in the league scored more than 85 in that time.
The Bison women won four of a possible six Summit League titles in the throwing events in 2014, including a pair of champion underclassmen in sophomore Sierra Rosenau (javelin) and freshman Katelyn Weimerskirch (discus) who both ranked among the top 40 in the entire country. Junior Emily Lesser swept the league’s indoor throwing titles in 2014.
St. Clair also serves as the coach for 2013 USA javelin champion and 2014 runner-up Riley Dolezal, a 2009 NDSU graduate who competes professionally for Nike.