Katie Reichert and Bethany Drake
June 20, 2014
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -
Western Washington University women's javelin throwers Bethany Drake (So., Sandy, OR) and Katie Reichert (So., Longview/Kelso) will be competing in the United States Track & Field Outdoor Championships on Thursday (6 p.m.) at Hornet Stadium on the campus of host Sacramento State University.
Drake and Reichert placed first and second, just one 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.
Site of the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Trials, Sacramento has hosted several prominent events recently, including the 2011 World Masters Championships, 2010 USA Masters Championships, 2010 USA Junior Olympic Championships, and 1995 USA Championships. Sacramento also has been home to the NCAA Championships in 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007.