Kara Patterson Wins Olympic Javelin Berth


by Sportspress Northwest Staff


Posted on July 2, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Kara Patterson, a Seattle native who attended Skyview High School in Vancouver, WA., qualified for the Olympic Games Sunday by placing second in the women's javelin at the U.S. Track & Field Trials in Eugene.

Patterson held the lead throughout the competition until the final round when her best toss, 196-2, was eclipsed by Brittany Borman, who threw 201-9.

Patterson, the American record holder in the event, will participate in the Olympics for the second time when she competes in London. She finished 41st in a qualifying round in Beijing in 2008.

Patterson, who graduated from Purdue University in 2009, set the American record of 218-9 at the 2010 U.S. Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, IA. Patterson is a four-time American champion, also winning in 2008 (191-9), 2009 (209-10) and 2011 (194-8).

Patterson landed her first toss 193-10 and had a throw of 191-3 on her second before her top mark of 196-2 on her third attempt. After reaching 185-6 on her fourth try, Patterson passed twice in the fifth and sixth rounds, and it was in the sixth that Borman won.

Until Borman's winning throw, Patterson had the best toss in the field by eight feet.

The 6-foot, 180-pound Patterson, born April 10, 1986, graduated from Skyview in 2004. She resides at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA.

Patterson is a two-time NCAA All-America, and was the 2008 Big Ten Women's Field Athlete of the Year. In high school, Patterson was a four-year varsity letter winner in swimming, basketball and track and field, as well as a three-time javelin state champion.

Two other athletes with connections to Washington state are involved in Olympic trials finals Sunday. Kate (Follett) Mackey, a track All-America at Washington whose career at the school ended in 2010, is in the women's 1,500-meter final.

Bremerton swimmer Nathan Adrian, who has already qualified for London in the 100-meter freestyle, has one more race remaining, the 50-meter freestyle.Olympic QualifiersThe following athletes with connections to the state  have qualified (or been selected) to represent the U.S. in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games July 27-Aug. 12.

AthleteSportGms. #CountryState Connection
Nathan AdrianSwimming2USABremerton native
Sue BirdBasketball3USASeattle Storm guard
Dave CalderRowing4CanadaUniversity of Washington
Will CrothersRowing1CanadaUniversity of Washington
Tyler FarrarCycling1USAWenatchee native
Scott GaultRowing2USAUniversity of Washington
Rob GibsonRowing1CanadaUniversity of Washington
Lauren JacksonBasketball4AustraliaSeattle Storm forward
Anthony JacobRowing1CanadaUniversity of Washington
Ariana KukorsSwimming1USAAuburn Mountainview
Meagan KalmoeRowing2USAUniversity of Washington
Bernard LagatTrack4USAWashington State University
Giuseppe LanzoneRowing2USAUniversity of Washington
Adrienne MartelliRowing1USAUniversity of Washington
Arielle MartinCycling1USASpanaway native
Conlin McCabeRowing1CanadaUniversity of Washington
Brett NewlinRowing2USAUniversity of Washington
Kara PattersonTrack2USASeattle native
Jennie ReedCycling3USASeattle native
Jarred RomeTrack2USAMarysville-Pillchuck High
Hope SoloSoccer2USAUniversity of Washington
Queen UnderwoodBoxing1USASeattle resident
Tejay van GarderenCycling1USATacoma native
Brad WalkerTrack2USAUniversity of Washington
Mary WhippleRowing3USAUniversity of Washington

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