Cal Alum Kristin Heaston Headed to Beijing

July 5, 2008

EUGENE, Ore. - Former California track and field student-athlete Kristin Heaston made the U.S. Olympic team in the shot put on Saturday when she placed second with a mark of 60-2.00 (18.34m) at the U.S. Olympic Trials at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. Heaston joins current Cal assistant coach Magdalena Lewy and Cal alum Grace Upshaw as Cal's representatives on the U.S. Olympic track and field team.

Both of Cal's 2004 track and field Olympians, Upshaw and Heaston, are headed back to the Olympic Games this year. At the 2004 Olympic Games, Heaston posted a throw of 56-4 (17.17m), coming up just short of the automatic qualifying mark of 60-8.5 (18.50m).

In her collegiate career, she was a standout at Florida before transferring to Cal for her senior season. A five-time All-American, Heaston took fourth in the 1999 NCAA Championships (54-0) as a senior. Last year, Heaston claimed her third U.S. Outdoor Championship with a personal-best throw of 61-5.75 (18.74m). She won her second U.S. Outdoor title in 2005 with a then-personal-best 61-3.5 (18.68m), and competed in the qualifying round at the World Outdoor championships.

The Olympic Trials conclude Sunday, July 6.