Reichert 13th, Drake 15th at USATF Championships

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJune 26, 2014 

Western Washington University women's javelin throwers Katie Reichert and Bethany Drake placed 13th and 15th, respectively, as the United States Track & Field Outdoor Championships opened Thursday, Juen 26, at Hornet Stadium on the campus of host Sacramento State University.

Reichert had a mark of 159 feet, 1 inch (48.50 meters) on her third attempt, and Drake threw 155-8 (47.44) on her first effort. Karen Patterson, representing Asics, won the competition with a throw of 204-10 (62.43).

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.

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