|Intro||American female javelin thrower|
|From||United States of America|
|Birth||30 December 1993, Geneva|
Maggie Malone (born December 30, 1993) is an American track and field athlete competing in the javelin throw. She holds a personal record of 62.19 m (204 ft 0 1⁄4 in) for the event, set in 2016. She was the 2016 American national and collegiate champion. She is the American collegiate record holder.
Born to Danny Malone and Nancy Kindig-Malone in Geneva, Nebraska, she attended Fillmore Central High School there. She started out in the heptathlon, but decided to focus on her strongest event – the javelin. Her mother had competed collegiately for the Nebraska Cornhuskers and she too joined the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. In her first year of competition in 2013 she placed third at the Big Ten Conference championships and was tenth at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships. She greatly improved in the 2014 season, setting a bets of 55.37 m (181 ft 7 3⁄4 in), winning the Big Ten Conference title, and placing fourth at the 2014 NCAA Outdoors.
Malone transferred to Texas A&M University and began throwing for the Texas A&M Aggies track team. In her first year there she was fourth at the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Championships and placed ninth at the NCAAs, failing to build on her previous season. Malone described this as “the worst season I’ve ever had” and credited the advice of teammate Lindon Victor with her change of approach to train harder in the summer months. Her sister Audrey joined her in the javelin team at Texas A&M.
She showed marked improvement in the 2016 season, bettering her personal record by a wide margin. She won the SEC Championships with a mark of 59.50 m (195 ft 2 1⁄2 in) before taking the title at the 2016 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a collegiate record of 62.19 m (204 ft 0 1⁄4 in). A victory at the 2016 United States Olympic Trials soon followed, making her the first athlete in American history to win the collegiate and national titles in the same year. This gained her a place on the American Olympic team.
- USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships
- Javelin throw: 2016
- NCAA Women’s Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships
- Javelin throw: 2016