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WWU’s trio of javelin throwers falls just short at Olympic trials

Western Washington University’s Katie Reichert gets ready for qualifying during the women’s javelin event at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, Thursday, July 7, in Eugene Ore.
Western Washington University’s Katie Reichert gets ready for qualifying during the women’s javelin event at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, Thursday, July 7, in Eugene Ore. Associated Press

Western Washington redshirt junior Bethany Drake came within 0.38 meters (approximately 15 inches) of earning a spot in the women’s javelin final at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials during the the event preliminaries Thursday, July 7, in Eugene Oregon. She ended up finishing 14th.

Three current or former WWU throwers were among the top 24 women from around the nation vying to earn a trip to Rio for the 2016 Summer Olympics in the event, but none of the three were able to place among the top 12 and advance to the final. The top three finishers in the final Saturday, July 9, will earn spots on the U.S. Olympic team.

ASICS team member Kara Winger had the top qualifying mark with her throw of 61.42 meters (201-6).

Drake’s best throw of 51.87 meters (170-2) was just behind the mark of Minnesota’s Nicolle Murphy, who earned the final berth into the the finals with her throw of 52.25 meters (171-5).

Graduated Vikings senior Katie Reichert finished 16th with a throw of 51.60 meters (169-3), while Monika Gruszecki, who graduated in 2011 and was competing for Club Northwest, finished 22nd at 49.55 meters (162-6).

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