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.
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
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.