Athlete Quotes - Women's Javelin Throw Qualifying
Rachel Yurkovich, Flight 1
"I felt fine. I don't know how it will go, it just depends on how everyone else throws. Maybe I'll make it [to the finals], maybe not."
"I just didn't have it today apparently. I just feel like there's a lot of people who want it for me."
Kim Kreiner, Flight 2
"Overall, we accomplished the goal and qualified for Monday. I wasn't going to push it too soon because I thought I would play it safe on the first day. The gloves come off on Monday though and all bets are off."
Dana Pounds, Flight 2
"It is the first time I have ever walked out there and automatically qualified. Honestly I am a little disgruntled because I was feeling good today and I only got one shot at the A standard. It was almost like taking a meet away from me. Every attempt counts when you don't have the A standard."
"I wanted to [take more throws]. I had my coach look it up in the rule book and, sure enough, when you hit the standard on a qualifying round you have to call it. I was really disappointed. That's alright. There are big things in store."
Kayla Wilkinson, Flight 2
On her throws today: "I came in just trying to not throw too hard, but I wanted to throw hard enough to make finals and I think I got 11th. So I barely got in but Monday is when it counts. All that counted was to get into finals. It was just hot out there. I just didn't throw as well as I would have liked. I wanted to hit a little farther, but I'll do it on Monday hopefully."
On the atmosphere in "Tracktown USA": "It is amazing. This is my first time to be in Oregon and to be here in Tracktown USA, it is amazing to compete and then to be in the Olympic Trials. It is just a dream to be here and I am in just complete awe that I am here."
On what she is going to focus on in Monday's finals: "My approach more. My approach was a little off today. What is funny is I was practicing it the other day in practice and it was going so well that I don't know what was wrong today. Maybe it was just nerves."
Ashley McCrea, Flight 2
"It was amazing to have the support of Eugene and around the nation."
"Anything after getting here was just icing on the cake. I would have liked to have done well, but I was here and it was amazing."
"Having Rachel here has been great. We can lean on each other and support each other. I think it helped a lot."