Reichert 13th, Drake 15th at USATF Championships


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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