Duck Javelin Thrower Competes in Olympic Trials

July 15, 2000

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - University of Oregon junior Karis Howell was the first current Duck to compete at the U.S. Olympic Trials at Cal State Sacramento's Hornet Stadium.

The Vancouver, Wash., native finished 13th in her opening flight of Sunday's qualifying round in the women's javelin with a throw of 144-7, and 25th overall in the 28-thrower field. Twelve athletes qualified for Monday's final, led by Nike's Lynda Blutreich (190-9), unattached entrant Kim Kreiner (177-8) and the University of Florida's Emily Carlsten (174-10).

Also Sunday, Eugenean Marla Runyan claimed the final Olympic Team spot in the women's 1,500 with her third-place finish of 4:06.44, after missing much of the past month with a leg injury suffered in early June.

Howell closed a solid comeback season after shoulder surgery from July 1998 forced her to miss much of her training for the following 1 � years. She turned in her highlight in early June, adding her second NCAA All-America honor and her first NCAA scoring appearance (seventh, 168-1). Howell's honor also marked the Ducks 17th All-America honor in the event since 1981 -- a group that also includes four national champions. Howell also had her best series of the year at the Durham, N.C.-hosted event, which also included opening marks of 161-0 and 160-0, followed by a foul, and throws of 141-2, 168-1 and 150-5. For the season, she posted five wins and enjoyed four meets above the 160-foot mark.

Other Ducks looking ahead to upcoming competition in Sacramento include Rick Mestler in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase (Qualifying - Monday, July 17, 7:45 p.m. / Thursday, July 20, 9:45 p.m.), Lisa (Karnopp) Nye in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase (Monday, July 17, 7 p.m.), and Melody Fairchild and Milena Glusac in the 5,000 (Qualifying - Monday, July 17, 8:45 p.m. / Final - Friday, July 21, 9:20 p.m.).

Full results are available at www.flashresults.com, and athlete quotes are at www.runnersworld.com

Much of the meet will be televised during the week on PAX-TV, while weekend portions will be shown by NBC-TV. Check local listings for details.

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