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Kara Patterson

Kara Patterson

Event: Javelin Throw
Height: 6-0
Weight: 180
PR: 66.67m/218-09 (2010) AR
Born: 04/10/1986
Current Residence: Colorado Springs, Colo.
Hometown: Vancouver, Wash.
High School: Skyview (Vancouver, Wash.) H.S. '04
College: Purdue ‘09
Coach: Ty Sevin
Agent: Daniel Wessfeldt
Sponsor: Asics
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USA Championships
Five-time USA Outdoor champion – 2008 (58.44m/191-9); 2009 (63.95m/209-10); 2010 (66.67m/218-09); 2011 (59.34m/194-8); 2014 ( 62.43m/204-10)
2012 Olympic Trials runner-up (59.79m/196-2)
2013 USA Outdoor bronze medalist (55.88m/183-4)
 
Collegiate Championships
2009 NCAA Outdoor runner-up (57.96m/190-2)
 
Awards and Honors
American record holder (66.67m/218-9)
Two-time NCAA All-American
2008 USTFCCCA Great Lakes Region Women’s Field Athlete of the Year
2008 Big Ten Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year
2008 Big Ten Women’s Field Athlete of the Championships
Two-time First-Team All-Big Ten
Three-Time Academic All-Big Ten (2006-08)
2008 Second-Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District
 
About Kara
Since Patterson made her first Olympic team in 2008, she has dominated the national javelin scene by winning four national titles. Patterson wavered in 2012 as she finished second at the Olympic Trials, but after competing in London Patterson revealed that she tore her ACL on her fourth throw at the trials. At the 2010 USA Outdoor Championships, she improved Kim Kreiner's American record with her winning toss of 66.67m/218-9. 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. Her hobbies include art, reading, camping and movies. Patterson is an active volunteer at the Chula Vista Humane Society. She majored in nutrition, fitness and health as an undergraduate at Purdue. 
Other Results
2014:
9th at Rome (57.30m); 4th at adidas Grand Prix (62.47m); 1st at USA Outdoors ( 62.43m/204-10); 6th at Lausanne (61.77m)
2013: 3rd at USA Outdoors (55.88m/183-4)
2012: 15th in qualifying round at Olympic Games (56.23m/184-5); 2nd at Olympic Trials (59.79m/196-2); 3rd at adidas Grand Prix (60.33m/197-11);7th at Rome (55.94m/183-6); 6th at Ostrava (60.00m/196-10); 1st at Tucson Elite Classic (60.36m/198-0);1st at Perth Classic (59.18m/194-2); 1st at Sydney Classic (58.47m/191-10); ranked No. 2 in the USA by T&FN
2011: 11th in Group “B” at World Outdoors (57.14m/187-5); USA Outdoor champion (59.34m/194-8); ranked No. 1 in the USA by T&FN.
2010: USA Outdoor champion (66.67m/218-09AR); 1st at Pre Classic (65.90m/216-2); 2nd at Gateshead (63.11m/207-0); 1st at Drake Relays (61.80m/202-9); 1st at Tuscan Elite Classic (61.75m/202-7); 2nd at Monaco (64.21m/210-8); ranked No. 1 in the USA & ranked No. 6 in the world by T&FN
2009: 29th in qualifying at World Outdoors (52.71m/172-11); USA Outdoor champion (63.95m/209-10); NCAA Outdoor runner-up (57.96m/190-2); Mideast Regional champion (58.56m/192-1); ranked No. 2 in the USA by T&FN.
2008: 22nd in qualifying at Olympic Games (54.39m/178-5); Olympic Trials champion (58.44m/191-9); 5th at NCAA Outdoors (53.93m/176-11); 1st at Big 10 Champs (61.56m/202-0); ranked No. 1 in the USA by T&FN.
2007: Redshirt.
2006: 26th at NCAA Outdoors; NCAA Mideast Regional champion (51.16m/167-10); 2nd at Big 10 Champs
2005: 2nd at Pan Am Juniors (50.26m/164-11); 2nd at USA Junior Champs (50.08m/164-4); 13th at NCAA Outdoors (46.88m/153-10).
2004: 19th in qualifying at Olympic Trials (42.60m/139-9); 4th at USA Juniors (43.45m/142-7).
 
USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2014: Outdoor bests - Javelin, 62.47m/204-95
2013: Outdoor bests - Javelin, 57.12m/187-5 (No. 2 in the US), No. 3 in the USA by T&FN)
2012: Outdoor bests - 60.49m/198-5 (No. 3 in the USA, No. 35 in the world, ranked No. 2 in the USA by T&FN)
2011: Outdoor bests – 62.76m/205-11 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 12 in the world)
2010: Outdoor bests – 66.67m/218-8 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 6 in the world by T&FN)
2009: Outdoor bests – 63.95m/209-9 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 8 in the world, ranked No. 2 in the USA by T&FN)
2008: Outdoor bests – 61.56m/201-11 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 23 in the world)
2007: Redshirt
2006: Outdoor bests – 56.19m/184-4 (No. 3 in the USA)
2005: Outdoor bests – 52.09m/170-10
2004: Outdoor bests – 45.88m/150-6
2003: Outdoor bests – 44.75m/146-10
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