Kara Patterson Update

Sorry to bombard you all with Kara Patterson news, but the Skyview High School product is in the middle of a remarkable run.

One week after setting the American record and winning her third national title in women’s javelin, she won the event at the Prefontaine Classic. In that meet, she had the second-best throw in U.S. history, delivering on her final attempt to win the competition.

We also had a column about how Patterson first took up the javelin.

Of course, you knew all that, faithful readers of The Columbian. But a couple things didn’t make it into the story about the Pre meet:

— Patterson now ranks fourth in the world for 2010.

— She has the seventh- and 11th-best throws in the world this year. Two athletes have surpassed her best mark multiple times.

— In winning the Pre Classic on her final throw, she passed the world’s second- and third-ranked throwers, including world-record holder Barbora Spotakova of the Czech Republic.

Monday, Patterson won a minor meet in Vancouver, British Columbia, and now she’s heading to Europe for the summer. It’s still early in the season, but she is establishing herself as a world-class thrower.

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