Events: Hammer, Shot Put
PRs: HT - 65.54m/215-0 (2001); SP - 17.77m/58-3.75 (2001)
Born: January 16, 1978 in Detroit
Current Residence: Fayetteville, Ark.
High School: Fountain Valley HS '96
Colleges: UCLA '01; CS-Northridge '98
Career Highlights: 4th at 2001 USA Outdoors SP; 2001 NCAA Outdoor SP champ; 2001 NCAA HT runner-up.
Tolson is one the nation's top young throwers, consistently finishing in the top 10 at the USA Outdoor Championships since her sophomore year at UCLA worked with top throws coach Art Venegas after transferring to UCLA in 1998. 'Christina works hard at all facets,' said Venegas. 'That's what makes her so solid as a thrower.' Originally went to Cal-State Northridge, but decided to become a Bruin when CS-Northridge head coach Candy Roberts left to coach at Syracuse. Roberts had also trained under Venegas, which Tolson believes contributed to her easy transition to UCLA graduated from UCLA in 2001 with a degree in anthropology.
2001: 4th at USA Outdoors SP (16.94/55-07.00) 6th at USA HT
(63.67m/208-11) Won NCAA Outdoors SP (17.39m/57-0.75) runner-up NCAA HT
(65.54m/215-0) won Pac 10 SP (17.77m/58-3.75) ranked #4 in SP, #5 in HT in
U.S. by T&FN bests of 65.54m/215-0 (HT) and 17.77m/58-3.75 (SP).
2000: 8th at U.S. Olympic Trials SP (15.97m/52-4.75) 11th at U.S. Olympic Trials HT (57.85m/ 189-09) 5th at NCAA Outdoors SP and HT won Pac-10 HT Runner-up at Pac 10 SP bests of 63.68m/208-11 (HT) and 17.34m/56-10.75 (SP).
1999: 6th at USA HT and SP bests of 200-10 (HT) and 55-8.5 (SP).
1998: 7th at USA HT 8th at USA Outdoors SP 11th at NCAA Outdoors SP 14th at NCAA HT Won Big Sky HT bests of 196-9 (HT) and 53-5.75 (SP).
1997: 3rd at USA Juniors HT 4th at USA Juniors SP 30th in qualifying at USA Outdoors HT 15th at NCAA Outdoors SP 16th at NCAA HT bests of 179-2 (HT) and 50-5.25 (SP).