June 13, 2008
DES MOINES, Iowa -
As the final day of her competition at the NCAA Championships ended for Kate Burton, the University of Wyoming senior was a mere eight inches away from making the final group and being named All-American in the hammer throw on Friday.
After finishing the prelims on Wednesday in eighth place, Kate slipped two spots to finish Friday in 10th place with her toss of 199'. The winner was Eva Orban, a junior from USC with her throw of 225' 5".
"Kate did a great job today, it's bitter-sweet to make it this far and be on the outside looking in by only eight inches," said UW head throws coach Paul Barrett.
Burton fouled on her first throw where her toss just missed the sector and would have been long enough for her to make the finals. Her next two throws were for 193' 5" and her best throw of 199' respectively.
Kate finishes her career as the UW record holder in the hammer throw by three feet and fifth best all-time in the 20-lb weight throw during the indoor season; one of Wyoming's best.
"Kate is going to be missed and very hard to replace," said Barrett. "She did a great job in setting the bar very high for many Cowgirls to come."
Burton will continue to compete this summer as she will now move on to the Olympic Trials, which she qualified for earlier this season. The trials will be held at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Ore., June 27th through July 6th. Qualifying for the hammer throw will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 3rd, with the finals being held at 1:10 p.m. on Saturday, July 5th.