Katie Coronado

Katie Coronado

Player Profile


Ruidoso, N.M.

High School:
Ruidoso HS





All-American (2nd); Midwest Region champion; 2x MWC champion; 3x all-MWC; 2x NCAA qualifier; school record holder


One of America's premier javelin throwers who earned All-America honors as the 2008 NCAA runner-up in the event...it was the highest finish by a Lobo woman in NCAA Championships history...defending NCAA Midwest Regional champion, two-time NCAA Championship qualifier, two-time defending Mountain West Conference champion, school record holder in the javelin and has the second-best throw in MWC history...was 6th at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials and will be a top contender for a spot on the national team in the coming years...3-time all-MWC honoree and the first Lobo - man or woman - to earn all-region honors 3 times in a career...has won 15 of her 28 head-to-head collegiate javelin competitions...one of New Mexico's several small town standouts, she was a track, basketball and soccer standout at Ruidoso HS (town population 7,698) before coming to UNM...has a redshirt season available.

2008: (outdoor) Turned in perhaps the greatest season in UNM women's track & field history...capped the spring with a 2nd place finish at NCAA Championships with a school-record throw of 179-06...it was the highest finish by a Lobo woman at the NCAA Championships and best by any UNM athlete at the NCAA meet since 1985...she was the first women's All-American at UNM since 1996 and only the fourth in school history...her 8 points gave the women's team its highest score ever at the NCAA Championships...got off to a bit of a slow start at the meet, throwing under 160 feet on her opening attempt...moved into fourth place on her third throw where she remained until passing two athletes on her sixth and final attempt...Oregon junior Rachel Yurkovich became the first collegiate athlete to defeat Coronado on the season with a gold medal throw of 185-07...Coronado entered the NCAA finals round with a 9-0 head-to-head record against collegiate competitors, including victories at the NCAA Midwest Regional and MWC Championship meets, and a 9-1 mark overall on the season...entered the Midwest Regional Championships as the No. 3 seed, but left as the first regional champion in UNM women's history with a winning throw of 178-07...won the MWC crown by over 22 feet (176-01), combining with pole vaulter Robert Caldwell to give the Lobos a sweep of the MWC Outstanding Performer awards...also became the first UNM woman to win a section A event at the Texas Relays with a throw of 171-05...qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials, where she finished 6th (3rd among collegians) in the finals with a throw of 174-01...capped her extended season by representing Team USA with a 3rd place finish at the North America, Central America and Caribbean Athletic Association Under-23 Championships in Toluca, Mexico...14 javelin competitions (11 collegiate)...won her first six meets before falling at home to former UTEP All-American Erma Gene Evans...8 total victories (finals only)...broke her own school record in her final 4 regular season meets.

2007: (outdoor) Became the 2nd UNM woman and first since 1997 to qualify for the NCAA Championships in the javelin...finished 16th overall with a throw of 156-07 - 3 feet shy of advancing to the finals...had thrown over 160 feet in 5 straight meets leading up to the NCAA Championships...captured the MWC title in San Diego with a mark of 162-02 to become the first UNM women's conference champ in the event...earned an at-large bid to the national meet after placing 6th (163-02) at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships in Des Moines and recording the 11th-best mark in the nation...was listed as high as 8th in the Trackwire.com national meet projections after breaking former All-American Sarah Nicholson's 11-year-old school record with a throw of 169-10 (51.77m) on April 14 at UTEP...the mark was the 9th-best by an American woman during the spring, ranked 3rd on the MWC all-time list and earned her MWC Athlete of the Week honors for the first time...finished 3rd in the section A competition at the Texas Relays (158-00), defeating Georgia All-Americans Sigrun Fjeldsted and Krista Woodward...also defeated Texas A&M All-American Jessica Wingfield in a win at USC on March 24.

2006: (outdoor) Enjoyed a tremendous rookie season and was at her peak when it mattered most at the end of the year...finished 2nd at the MWC Championships, behind two-time national champion Dana Pounds of Air Force, with a season-best throw of 161-11...finished 7th, four spots higher than her seed, two weeks later at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships with a mark of 159-07...was one of the last athletes left out of the NCAA javelin competition...improved by nearly 24 feet during the course of the season, bettering her top mark in each of her final three meets...notched 6 top-3 finishes in her 8 competitions...a winner in her collegiate debut at Arizona and again at home at the Don Kirby Invite...Academic All-MWC honoree.


A 2005 graduate of Ruidoso (N.M.) High School...2-time class 3A javelin champion...also won the discus as a junior...holds school records in both events...PR of 149 feet in the javelin...lettered all four years for head coach Ronny Maskew...an all-state selection in soccer and basketball, and also lettered in volleyball...MVP of the North-South basketball all-star game...National Honor Society member and honors graduate.


Born in Lompoc, Calif...full name is Katie Ann Coronado...daughter of Robert and Sherrie Coronado...has three siblings, Kyndra (22), Robert Jr. (14) and Denver (13)...majoring in Dental Hygene and go on to a career as an orthodontist.

Javelin: 179-06