By Frank Rizzo
BINGHAMTON August 1, 2000 Carrie Gorton,
formerly of Roscoe and now of Sparrowbush, won her eighth
straight gold medal in the open womens javelin
Friday at the 23rd annual Empire State Games.
The 2000 ESG were held in Binghamton and the surrounding
Gorton, who holds the longest current winning streak at
the Games, had unexpected competition at the
SUNY-Binghamton track complex.
After three (of six) throws she trailed Lindsay
Stephenson of Hamburg 41.76 meters to 41.44 (137-0 to
I was nervous because I havent been training
and you never know whos going to show up,
Gorton said after her win. The past few years the
competition hasnt been as strong, but once in a
while you have a woman who shows up whos
Stephenson, Gorton noted, was a concern. She took
the lead for a while and that was my own fault. My throws
were below average in reference to my career.
Gorton set the ESG record of 50.72 meters (166-5) at the
96 Games in Buffalo.
But on her fourth attempt Gorton reclaimed the lead with
a 43.42-meter (142-5) effort, and on her fifth clinched
the gold when the spear traveled 46.70 meters (153-2).
Stephenson placed second with a 45.26 (148-6).
Gorton has been competing at the ESG since 1987
she qualified in the shot put then when she was
between her soph and junior years at Roscoe Central
Asked what she would do differently next year Gorton
replied, Train! I took the javelin out of the
closet the day before the trials.
Gorton received some sideline help from Hudson Valley
region coach Robert Decker who is the weights
coach at Monticello HS.
I ran over to Mr. Decker and said, I know
Im guilty of not practicing,. but whats the
main thing Im doing wrong?
The adjustments Decker suggested were in the position of
her elbow and her approach speed.
If I lost today Id be upset because
(Stephenson) would have beaten me on my worst day, and
not my best, Gorton reflected.
Gorton works in the Port Jervis Middle School as a
Though she had talked of trying out for the 2000
Olympics, the lack of a full-time trainer made the quest
difficult, although Gorton hasnt ruled out the 2004
Women javelin throwers typically reach their peak
in the early 30s, Gorton, 29, pointed out.
In the meantime, she still has the Empire State Games.
Ill keep going as long as I can do reasonably