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Los Alamos High School Alumnus Chase Ealey Wins USATF Women’s Shot Put Championship

on March 7, 2019 - 4:43pm
LAHS alumnus Chase Ealey won the women’s shot put event in the Toyota USA Track and Field Indoor Championships Feb. 22-24 at the Toyota USA Track and Field Indoor Championships in New York City. Courtesy photo
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

An 8.8 pound metal ball and a whole lot of hard work have taken former Los Alamos High School athlete Chase Ealey a long way. Ealey won the women’s shot put event in the Toyota USA Track and Field Indoor Championships held Feb. 22-24 New York City. She threw the shot 18.62 meters, which is just over about 61 feet.

“It’s just shy of her personal best,” proud mom Michelle Naranjo-Martinez said. “She threw 18.84 at the Don Kirby Tournament in Albuquerque."

In practice, Ealey has topped 19 meters and her biggest fan, her mom, is just waiting for her to do it in competition. Ealey is ranked number two in the nation in women’s shot put. Her sights are now set on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“She works so hard,” Naranjo-Martinez said. “She trains five days a week. Chase is really dedicated. I know she’d hate it that I’m bragging about her. She’s very humble. But I want other kids to know what it’s possible to achieve.”

According to her mom, Ealey loves being a professional athlete. She is coached by former Olympian and U.S. champion Ryan Whiting. Ealey does sports fulltime. When not training and traveling to meets, she coaches.

Ealey was a star athlete at LAHS. She won the New Mexico 4A 100 meter state championships. She also won the New Mexico state championship in shot put and javelin four times. In 2011, Ealey was the highest scoring female at the N.M. State Meet.

An all-around athlete, Ealey was also a star on the basketball and volleyball court at LAHS. She also played soccer and softball.

After graduating from LAHS in 2012, Ealey attended Oklahoma State University, where graduated with a degree in elementary education and psycology.

After graduating from LAHS in 2012, Ealey attended Oklahoma State University, where she graduated with a degree in elementary education and psychology in 2016. She also broke records in both shot and javelin.

Ealey is competing for three weeks in New Zealand.

“That little ball has been very good to her!” Naranjo-Martinez said.

If you’d like to help put a hometown athlete on the Olympic stage, Ealey has a GoFundMe page at gofundme.com/5l565rs.


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