Western Washington University women's javelin throwers Bethany Drake and Katie Reichert will be competing in the United States Track & Field Outdoor Championships on Thursday at Hornet Stadium on the campus of host Sacramento State University.
Drake and Reichert placed first and second, just 1 inch separating their best throws, at the NCAA Division II National Championships in late May. Both were recognized as All-Americans by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Drake entered the NCAA meet as the DII national leader with a school-record throw of 169-6. She had a winning effort of 165-3 on her fourth attempt. Reichert threw a personal-best 165-2 on her final attempt.
The USATF meet brings the nation's best athletes to Northern California while also serving as the final stop on of the 2014 Outdoor USATF Championship Series, including stops at the Penn Relays and Drake Relays in April, the Prefontaine Classic in May, and the adidas Grand Prix in June.