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Rachel Yurkovich

Rachel Yurkovich

Event: Javelin Throw
Height: 5-11
Weight: 135
PR: 61.06m/200-4 (2012)
Born: 10/10/1986
Current Residence: Eugene, Ore.
Hometown: Newburg, Ore.
High School: Newburg (Ore.) H.S. ‘05
College: Oregon ‘09
Coach: Don Babbitt
Agent: Paul Doyle
Sponsor: Nike
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USA Championships
Three-time USA Outdoor runner-up – 2009 (59.31m/194-7); 2010 (56.31m/184-09); 2011 (54.91m/180-1)
Third at 2008 Olympic Trials (56.41m/185-1)
2005 USA Junior champion (50.62m/166-1)

International Championships
2005 Pan Am Junior champion (52.58m/172-6)

Collegiate Championships
Two-time NCAA champion – 2008 (56.57m/185-7.5); 2009 (59.62m/195-7)

About Rachel
Yurkovich first developed as a three-sport star in high school where she competed in softball, volleyball and threw the javelin on the track team. Yurkovich was offered a dual track/volleyball scholarship at the University of Oregon and competed in both sports her freshman year before concentrating exclusively on the javelin. After her freshman year, her career as an elite javelin thrower took off with wins at NCAA's, USA Juniors, Pan Am Juniors and a third place finish at the 2008 Olympic Trials. In 2009, she became the first American woman to qualify for the javelin final at a World Championships since Karin Smith finished 10th in 1983. She went on to finish 12th. Her high school coach Joe Boutin also coached 1984 Olympian Lynda Hughes and fellow 2012 Olympian Cyrus Hostetler. Appeared in the ESPN Bodies issue in 2010.
Results
2012: 13th in qualifying group of Olympic Games (57.92m/190-0); 4th at Olympic Trials (56.85m/186-6); 7th at adidas Grand Prix (53.05m/174-0); 1st at Guadeloupe (61.06m/200-4)
2011: 9th in Group “A” at World Outdoors (58.84m/193-0); USA Outdoor runner-up (54.91m/180-1); 3rd at adidas Grand Prix (58.43m/191-8.5).
2010: USA Outdoor runner-up (56.31m/184-09); 1st at Rabat (60.11m/197-2); 7th at Monaco (55.95m/183-6).
2009: 12th at World Outdoors (51.15m/167-9), 11th in qualifying (59.57m/195-5); USA Outdoor runner-up (59.31m/194-7); NCAA Outdoor champion (59.62m/195-7); NCAA West Regional champion (57.50m/188-8); PAC 10 champion (58.26m/191-2).
2008: 3rd at Olympic Trials (56.41m/185-1); NCAA champion (56.57m/185-7.5); NCAA West Region champion (55.14m/180-11); 1st at Pac-10 (56.08m/184-0); 1st at Oregon Relays (58.25m/191-1).
2007: 6th at USA Outdoors (51.94m/170-5); 5th at NCAA Champs (51.83m/170-0); 1st at ASU Invite (57.88m/189-11).
2006: 7th at NCAA Champs (50.34m/165-2); 1st at NCAA West Region (50.46m/165-7); 1st at Oregon (54.81m/179-10).
2005: Pan Am Junior champion (52.58m/172-6); USA Junior champion (50.62m/166-1); 5th at USA Outdoors (51.89m/170-3).
 
USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2012: Outdoor bests - 61.06m/200-4 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 28 in the world, ranked No. 3 in the USA by T&FN)
2011: Outdoor bests – 60.40m/198-2 (No. 2 in the USA by T&FN, No. 21 in the world)
2010: Outdoor bests – 60.11m/197-2 (No. 2 in the USA by T&FN, No. 28 in the world)
2009: Outdoor bests – 59.62m/195-7 (No. 3 in the USA, No. 37 in the world, ranked No. 1 in the USA by T&FN)
2008: Outdoor bests – 58.25m/191-1 (No. 4 in the USA, ranked No. 3 in the USA by T&FN)
2007: Outdoor bests – 57.90m/189-11 (No. 3 in the USA, ranked No. 5 in the USA by T&FN)
2006: Outdoor bests – 54.82m/179-10 (No. 5 in the USA)
2005: Outdoor bests – 53.77m/176-5
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