June 30, 2008
EUGENE, Ore. -- University of New Mexico junior Katie Coronado recorded a throw of 168' 5" (51.34m - 10th) on Saturday afternoon to advance to tonight's women's javelin finals at the U.S. Olympic Trials at Hayward Field. Sophomore teammate Alesha Walker, meanwhile, will make her debut on the national stage this evening in the women's long jump qualifying round.
The long jump begins at 8:05 p.m. Mountain, followed by the javelin at 9:20 p.m. A top-3 finish in each event will earn a spot on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team.
Coronado owns a career-best throw of 179' 6" (54.71m), which she recorded in a second place finish on June 7 at NCAA Outdoor Track and field Championships. The Ruidoso, N.M. product entered the Olympic Trials competition as the No. 8 seed and was one of five active collegiate competitors to advance to the javelin finals.
Walker received an at-large invitation to the trials with a "B" standard qualifying long jump of 21' 4" (6.50m). The Killeen, Texas native set indoor and outdoor school records in the event and was the Mountain West Conference outdoor runner up. She is seeded 21 out of 28 competitors.
TELEVISION COVERAGE: (ALL TIME MOUNTAIN)
June 30 9-11 p.m. USA (Alesha Walker - Long Jump Qualifying, Katie Coronado - Javelin Finals
July 3 9-11 p.m. USA (Alesha Walker - Long Jump Finals (if qualified)
July 4 9-11 p.m. USA
July 5 3-4 p.m. NBC
July 6 5-7 p.m. NBC