Event: Discus Throw
PR: 67.67m/222-0AR (2007)
Born: September 3, 1976, in Modesto, Calif.
Current Residence: Modesto, Calif.
High School: Downey HS (Calif.) '94
College: UCLA '99
Coach: Dan Pfaff
Agent: Jeff Hartwig
Career Highlights: 2008 Olympic Trials runner-up; 2007 USA champion; 1996 Olympic Trials champion; Six-time USA runner-up (’97, ’00-’03, '06); Three-time U.S. Junior Champion (’93, ’94, ’95); 1995 Pan American Junior gold medalist
Powell qualified for her third Olympic Team with her runner-up performance (62.92m/206-5) at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials…Powell bettered the women's U.S. discus throw record at the 2007 Maui "Big Wind" Discus Challenge winning the event on her fifth throw of the competition that sailed 67.67 meters/222 feet, which surpasses the 21-year old U.S. women's record of 66.10m/216-10 set by Carol Cady in 1986. She claimed her first U.S. title at the 2007 USA Outdoor Championships. For the fifth time in seven years, Powell claimed the runner-up spot in the women’s discus throw with her toss of 58.68m/192-6 at 2006 USA Outdoors...had a solid 2004 season giving her a #5 ranking in the U.S. by Track & Field News. She set what would have been a U.S. women’s discus record of 69.44m/227-10 in La Jolla on April 27, 2002, and she ended the 2002 season with the three best performances by an American in the women’s discus…the record was not ratified, however, due to technical issues with the throwing sector…Powell started throwing in fifth grade, once her father and coach, Mac Powell, convinced her to switch from distance running. Powell was the longtime national HS record holder for the discus and was the 1994 Track & Field News High School Athlete of the Year. She was also a standout basketball player in high school, all-state as a senior…majored in geography and business at UCLA.
in qualifying at Olympic Games (58.02m/190-4)...2nd at Olympic Trials (62.92m/206-5)...3rd at Nike Prefontaine Classic (61.89m/203)…4th at Reebok Grand
Prix (61.89m/203-1)…2nd at Maui (63.39m/208-11)…ranked #3 in the U.S. by T&FN…best
2007: USA Outdoors champion (60.63m/198-11)...4th at Pan Am Games (59.08m/193-10)...8th in qual. at World Outdoors (59.57m/195-5)...1st at Maui (67.67m/222-0AR)...1st at Modesto Relays (65.17m/213-10)...2nd at Reebok Grand Prix (60.77m/199-4)...1st at Salinas (65.52m/214-11)...1st at Stanford (63.60m/208-8)...ranked #1 in the U.S. by T&FN...best of 67.67m/222-0.
2006: USA Outdoors runner-up (58.68m/192-6)...1st at Salinas (63.14m/207-2)...1st at Fresno State Summer Series (61.68m/202-4)...7th at World Athletics Final (59.44m/195-0)...1st at Road to Eugene ’08 (60.53m/198-7)...ranked #2 in the U.S. by T&FN...best of 63.14m/207-2.
2005: 4th at USA Outdoor Champs (61.00m/200-1)...1st at Salinas (60.69m/199-1)...1st at San Diego (62.35m/204-7)...ranked #4 in the U.S. by T&FN... 62.35m/204-7.
2004: 6th at Olympic Trials (58.19m/190-11)…1st at Fresno (58.51m/191-11)…2nd at Mt. SAC (62.82m/206-2)…1st at Modesto Relays (62.76m/205-11)…2nd at Huntington Beach (63.58m/208-7)…2nd at San Diego (62.54m/205-2)…ranked #5 in U.S. by T&FN…best of 63.58m/208-7.
2003: USA Outdoors runner-up (62.58m/205-4)…9th at World Outdoor Championships (59.86m/196-5)…2nd at adidas Oregon Track Classic Outdoors (62.07m/203-7)…2nd at Home Depot Invitational (60.95m/199-11)…1st at Oracle U.S. Open (61.24m/200-3)…3rd at Rethymnon (64.48m/211-6)…1st at Modesto (61.96m/203-3…ranked #10 in the world (#2 U.S.) by T&FN…best of 64.48m/211-6.
2002: 2nd at USA Outdoors (62.57m/205-3)…set the pending U.S. discus record of 69.44m/227-10 at La Jolla on April 27…1st at Fresno Relays (65.48m/214-10)…1st at Palo Alto (64.39m/211-3…1st Mt. SAC (62.90m/206-4 - sloping ground)…ranked #9 in the world (#2 U.S.) by T&FN…best of 69.44m/227-10.
2001: 2nd at USA Outdoors (63.29m/207-8)… won at Mt. SAC (63.72m/209-1)…9th in qualifying round at World Champs (58.19m/190-11)… ranked #8 in world (#3 U.S.) by T&FN… best of 64.50m/211-7.
2000: 2nd in DT at Olympic Trials 64.56m/211-10…did not make Olympic final 59.66m/ 195-9…won Modesto Relays 65.30m/214-3… #2 in U.S. by T&FN… best of 65.30m/214-3.
1999: 5th at USA Outdoors (185-2)…7th at World University Games…ranked #6 by T&FN...best of 199-9.
1998: 3rd in Pac-10 DT (185-7), 4th in JT (152-3)…4th in NCAA DT (187-2); 8th in JT (170-7)…7th in JT (172-5) at USA Outdoors…ranked #3 in U.S. in DT by T&FN; #7 in U.S. in JT…best of 213-5.
1997: Won Pac-10 DT (196-1) and JT (179-1 PR)…2nd at NCAA DT (198-7) and JT (179-2 PR)…2nd in DT (198-4) at USA Outdoors…21st in qualifying at World Champs (177-11)…ranked #1 in U.S. by T&FN; #5 in U.S. in JT…best of 214-0.
1996: Olympic Trials champion (198-9 PR)… 2nd in Pac-10 (190-11)…2nd in NCAA (193-7)… 33rd in qualifying at Olympic Games (184-6)…ranked #2 in U.S. by T&FN…best of 198-9.
1995: Won US Junior title (181-1 MR)…Gold at Pan-Am Juniors (173-10)…2nd in Pac-10 (178-6)…5th in NCAA (176-2)…11th in USA Outdoors (166-4)… best of 190-6.
1994: Won California HS state meet (174-2)…won Golden West DT (170-11); 2nd in JT (143-5)…won USA Juniors (172-11)…bronze in World Juniors (173-3)…ranked #10 in U.S. by T&FN…best of 188-4.
1993: Won California HS state meet…won National Scholastic DT (171-0) and JT (150-8)…won USA Juniors (180-8); 7th in JT…best of 180-8.
1992: Won California HS state meet…2nd in DT (158-9) at USA Juniors; 5th in JT (141-0)…10th in World Juniors…best of 169-8.
1991: 4th in DT (158-1) at USA Juniors, 9th in JT…best of 162-11.
1990: Best of 151-11.