Spooner earns bid to 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials

By Jake McCoy

Trinity Spooner, former South Beauregard and current LSU women’s javelin standout, has been piling up award after award. She just recently has gotten some major national attention as her performance has earned her an automatic bid to the Olympic trials.

In high school, she lettered six years in track. She was a five time javelin district champion, a five time javelin regional champion, and a three time state champion.

In 2019 she was the Class 3A Javelin State Champion. In 2021 class 3A Javelin State Runner-up and was named to the 2021 NSAF Project Javelin Gold Team. In 2022 she was the Class 3A Javelin State Champion and competed in the Nike outdoor nationals where she was a national champion as well as an All-American. And lastly to finish out her high school career she won the 2023 Class 3A Javelin State Championship.

Her collegiate career is just as impressive. At LSU as she earned 2nd team ALL-SEC, 1st team ALL-AMERICAN, she’s also number 3 on LSU’s all time throws list. She placed 3rd in the SEC championship where LSU girls won the SEC track and field championship,. She placed 7th at the NCAA track and field championships. Her throw of 55.24 meters during the regular season earned her LSU freshman of the week honors and an automatic bid to U.S. Olympic trials!

In a short interview, we asked her a few questions in regards to her high school and collegiate athletic experiences.

When asked about what the recruiting process was like and what stood out about LSU – Spooner said “High school to college has been an adventure. There have been a lot of changes going from a small town and small school to a huge city and classes of 200+. It definitely has been a big change, but through all the new experiences and getting used to my new home God is with me through it all. It has been a hard transition but it is all worth it. LSU stood out to me because even though there are classes of 200+ and tons of people that I do not know I still feel at home.”

We also asked her what it’s like only being a freshman knowing that she’s already one of the best javelin throwers in LSU history – she said “I am excited to see that my work is paying off. I have made a lot of sacrifices to get here and have missed some fun vacations and time with family and that gets hard. But knowing that it has been worth something means so much more. God is working through me and my athletic career and I can’t wait to see what his path holds for me.”

Lastly we asked her about her reaction when she had learned that she qualified for the Olympic trials – she added “To be honest I never really looked at the standard or even knew what I needed to get there because I never thought of myself making it. But when I learned I was excited and think it will be a great experience. And if it is in God’s plan to pursue this post collegiate this will be a key factor in shaping my experiences, and knowing how to handle it if I get the opportunity to compete in the trials again!”

Spooner has worked extremely hard to get to this position in her career. Maybe we’ll get to see her represent team USA and compete for a gold medal in the upcoming Summer Olympics in Paris!

She is the daughter of Brandon and Lisa Spooner of Ragley.

Best of luck Trinity!