June 13, 2003
SACRAMENTO Calif. - Washington senior Heather Reichmann earned All-America honors Friday with a school-record performance in the women's javelin at the NCAA Track and Field Championships at Sacramento State.
Reichmann earned the accolade with her first throw on a perfect, cloudless evening, heaving the implement 159 feet, 6 inches, four inches beyond her own school record. Current javelin records are for the newer, heavier implement, first used in 1999.
The King's High School graduate placed seventh overall in the event, in the process becoming the first UW woman to score at a national meet since Seselia Thomas took eighth place in the discus in 2000.
Indiana's Irina Kharun was the event winner with a collegiate-record throw of 202-10.
"What's scary about Heather is that she is just beginning to realize her potential," said first-year head coach Greg Metcalf. "She's a natural talent. I only wish that she had another year with us so that we could reap the benefits of the things she's going to accomplish in the future."
The nation's 18th-ranked thrower entering NCAA competition, Reichmann advanced to Friday's final with a throw of 157-2 in Wednesday's qualifying round. The senior earlier this year set the previous school record of 159-2, despite competing only sparingly in her first three seasons due to participation with the UW's women's basketball team.
The Huskies' nine-athlete contingent concludes competition at this year's NCAA Championships on Saturday. Senior Courtney Inman will put the finishing touch an outstanding UW career in the finals of the women's 1,500 meters, while sophomore Kate Soma will compete in the finals of the women's pole vault.