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NOTE: This is part of a series of biographies about inductees to the Kitsap Athletic Roundtable’s 2019 Kitsap County Sports Hall of Fame. The HOF Banquet is Saturday, Jan. 26 at Kiana Lodge. A social hour begins at noon with lunch at 1 p.m. and induction at 1:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at kitsapathleticroundtable.org.

Ryan Young was a standout athlete for the North Kitsap Vikings. Young was a two-time state champion in the javelin and was the state meet-record holder in 2005. Young’s throw of 202 feet, 11 inches at the Washington-Oregon championship in the javelin gave the state of Washington the win at the meet. Young also lettered in basketball, helping the Vikings in a state appearance in the Class 4A tournament in 2004-05. He was named the Narrows League MVP and averaged 21 points and 16 rebounds per game. 

North Kitsap's Ryan Young, who won a state javelin title in 2005, was also a standout basketball player, and went on to star at the University of California Berkeley.   (Courtesy photo)
North Kitsap’s Ryan Young, who won a state javelin title in 2005, was also a standout basketball player, and went on to star at the University of California Berkeley. (Courtesy photo)

Young was recruited by the University of California Berkeley (UC) for track & field and quickly showed his progress in the sport was anything but slowing down. He set a California freshman record of 232-10 (70.98m) at the Hornet Invitational in 2006 and finished eighth in the Pac-10 Championships (208-2), ninth at the West Regionals (214-2), and 14th at the NCAA 

Nationals in Sacramento (214-2). Young, took his redshirt year in 2007, came out stronger in 2008 as a redshirt sophomore when he placed second at the NCAA West Regional with a throw of 229-9, second at the Pac-10 Championships (235-2), and was No. 2 in UC history at the time. He was ranked No. 10 in the NCAA and had a regional qualifying mark of 225-7 at the Texas Relays and won the Big Meet with a throw of 217-8. 

Young’s college success continued in 2009 when he set a school record with a throw of 250-10, was ranked fourth in the collegiate ranks, and placed fifth at the Pac-10 Championships (221-2). He earned a No. 7 ranking among the Top USA Outdoor Track & Field marks in his event. Injuries slowed Young in 2010-11, when he suffered a UCL tear his senior season. He was limited in 2012 professionally but was ranked No. 6 by USA Track & Field News.

Young trained at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California between 2012 and 2015 where he was ranked among the top-10 javelin throwers in the country. He competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon in 2016. Young is married and lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

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