Saturday, July 3, 2010

Kara Patterson throws second furthest US javelin mark at Nike Prefontaine Classic...

EUGENE, Oregon--Vancouver native Kara Patterson (left/photo by Paul Merca) continued her hot streak in the javelin, as the three-time US national champion responded with a sixth round throw of 216-2 (65.90m) to overtake Slovenia's Martina Ratej and win the Prefontaine Classic javelin throw in a new meet record.

Heading into round 5, Patterson found herself mired in third place, but moved to second with her mark of 200-11 (61.24m), as Ratej moved to the lead with her toss of 211-3 (64.40m).

In the final round, Patterson responded with the winning toss, but Ratej's response was short, only throwing 202-9 (61.80m).

Courtesy of preclassic.com, here is her winning throw:



Olympic champ Barbora Spotakova finished third with a mark of 200-6 (61.12m).

Elsewhere on the field, Marysville-Pilchuck grad Jarred Rome finished seventh with a throw of 204-11 (62.46m) in the discus, while WSU grad Ian Waltz finished eighth with a mark of 199-2 (60.70m).

In the climactic Bowerman Mile, world indoor 3000m champ Bernard Lagat finished a well-beaten ninth in a season best of 3:54.36, as the WSU grad was never in contention.

In the men's 1000 meter run, University of Washington grad and 2009 world championships team member Ryan Brown was eighth in 2:21.21.

Patterson will throw on Monday night at the Harry Jerome Track Classic in Burnaby, BC.

For complete results from the Nike Prefontaine Classic, please click here.

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