June 25, 2010
DES MOINES, IOWA - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville track and field and softball alumnus Alicia DeShasier (Carrollton) finished third in the women's javelin throw on Friday night at the United States Track and Field National Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
Just one year removed from finishing fourth at the U.S. Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., DeShasier, a volunteer coach for the University of Wisconsin women's track and field team, notched a personal best on her second throw during the final round with a toss of 182 feet, 2 inches (55.53 meters).
"It was great to be back," said DeShasier, who was competing in her first meet in 2010. "I had lot of fun. I really like throwing here. I felt good about my throws, and I am very pleased to have a personal best at a meet like this one."
Kara Patterson, a 2008 Olympian, set an American record finishing first with a toss of 218-9 (66.67 meters).
DeShasier holds the school record in the javelin at SIUE with a toss of 164-9 (50.23m) as well as being a 2006 first team All-American and Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year in softball for the Cougars.
Women Javelin Throw Senior/Open ========================================================================== World: W 72.28m 9/13/2008 Barbara Spotakova, CZE American: A 64.19m 5/6/2007 Kim Kreiner, Nike Name Year Team Finals ========================================================================== Finals 1 Kara Patterson Asics 66.67mA 218-09 59.62m 60.92m 62.61m 61.42m 62.80m 66.67m 2 Rachel Yurkovich Nike 56.31m 184-09 54.61m FOUL 53.53m FOUL 53.26m 56.31m 3 Alicia DeShasier unattached 55.53m 182-02 49.21m 55.53m 49.17m 48.67m 49.78m 47.64m 4 Kimberley Hamilton unattached 54.68m 179-05 46.70m 54.68m 48.57m 51.55m 53.31m 46.54m 5 Kayla Wilkinson-Colgrove unattached 54.45m 178-08 48.62m 49.35m 54.45m 45.59m 48.31m 51.24m 6 Amy Backel Oklahoma 53.08m 174-02 46.43m 49.68m 51.54m 52.18m 51.18m 53.08m 7 Brittany Borman Oklahoma 51.85m 170-01 46.78m 47.24m 51.85m 50.47m FOUL FOUL 8 Karlee McQuillen Penn State 49.87m 163-07 49.87m 46.59m 47.36m FOUL FOUL PASS 9 Randi Hicks unattached 48.02m 157-06 FOUL 45.88m 48.02m 10 Meghan Briggs Virginia 47.37m 155-05 44.00m 45.57m 47.37m 11 Leslie Bourgeois unattached 46.63m 153-00 42.46m FOUL 46.63m 12 Stephanie Zollman Central Park TC 46.12m 151-04 46.12m 45.34m 40.29m 13 Emily Tyrrell Montana St-Bozeman 45.76m 150-01 FOUL 45.76m 45.59m 14 Ali Pistora Kansas State 45.52m 149-04 45.52m FOUL 40.74m 15 Allison Updike unattached 41.38m 135-09 FOUL 41.31m 41.38m -- Emily Pearson unattached DNS-siue cougars-