Athlete Quotes - Women's Javelin Throw Final
Kara Patterson, Olympic Qualifier, First Place
"I was excited to have three 58-meter throws; I'd like to get back out there to that 60-meter mark. I like that I have a 61-meter throw under my belt."
"I was really excited to be in the Northwest throwing and had Beijing 2008 in my mind."
"My "A" Standard was a five-meter PR, so I was excited to have it but also a little worried about maintaining the level of competition."
Dana Pounds, Second Place
"That was tough [standing on the awards stand]. I don't think I have ever been there and I don't ever want to go back."
"I dug deep. I really can't explain what happened. I truly believe the throw is there. I'm not sure why it didn't come out tonight. I've believed for the last six meets that I've thrown in this year, that I've had an "A" standard throw. I've had more than an "A" standard throw in me. I think I tried too hard. I don't think I relaxed enough. I will go back and look at the film. I didn't accelerate at the line like I should have if we are talking technically. I loaded up on every throw. I spent way too much time on my right foot and didn't get to my left."
"I think I depended on my own strength and that is not something I wanted to do consciously. I wanted it so bad. I think I am a little frustrated that I didn't get it out earlier this year. I don't know why. I told them my heart is broken but I serve a God that heals a broken heart and he still sits on his thrown tonight. I will still serve him tomorrow."
Rachel Yurkovich, Third Place
"I came into today knowing that this would probably be my last meet of the year, unless I threw the "A" standard, which I knew was probably unlikely. I just wanted to come out here and have fun. I am extremely pleased with how it came out. I pleased the crowd, myself and my coaches. That's all I wanted. I have a medal."
"I changed my thoughts around today and I have a midterm tomorrow, so we will see how the rest of the week goes."
"Throwing at Oregon is something that is indescribable. I can't thank the people enough who put this on. The fans, the support they give us, is amazing."