BY SPNW Staff 03:57PM 07/01/2012

Kara Patterson Wins Olympic Javelin Berth

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 Qualifiers

The following athletes with connections to the stateĀ  have qualified (or been selected) to represent the U.S. in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games July 27-Aug. 12.

Athlete Sport Gms. # Country State Connection
Nathan Adrian Swimming 2 USA Bremerton native
Sue Bird Basketball 3 USA Seattle Storm guard
Dave Calder Rowing 4 Canada University of Washington
Will Crothers Rowing 1 Canada University of Washington
Tyler Farrar Cycling 1 USA Wenatchee native
Scott Gault Rowing 2 USA University of Washington
Rob Gibson Rowing 1 Canada University of Washington
Lauren Jackson Basketball 4 Australia Seattle Storm forward
Anthony Jacob Rowing 1 Canada University of Washington
Ariana Kukors Swimming 1 USA Auburn Mountainview
Meagan Kalmoe Rowing 2 USA University of Washington
Bernard Lagat Track 4 USA Washington State University
Giuseppe Lanzone Rowing 2 USA University of Washington
Adrienne Martelli Rowing 1 USA University of Washington
Arielle Martin Cycling 1 USA Spanaway native
Conlin McCabe Rowing 1 Canada University of Washington
Tamari Miyashiro Volleyball 1 USA University of Washington
Brett Newlin Rowing 2 USA University of Washington
Kara Patterson Track 2 USA Seattle native
Jennie Reed Cycling 3 USA Seattle native
Jarred Rome Track 2 USA Marysville-Pillchuck High
Hope Solo Soccer 2 USA University of Washington
Courtney Thompson Volleyball 1 USA University of Washington
Queen Underwood Boxing 1 USA Seattle resident
Tejay van Garderen Cycling 1 USA Tacoma native
Brad Walker Track 2 USA University of Washington
Mary Whipple Rowing 3 USA University of Washington


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