My Collegiate , High and Middle School Athletic Career!
 


Hi! Everyone asks about my life in track and field. What was it like? How did I do?
Was it fun? Where did I go? Well, I thought the best thing to do was put all of my newsletters and a few
 of my pictures, training films and results on one page with links to most of it.


So here it is!

-- Karen :)

Complete Meet by meet results since high school 9th grade!
 


Year of Competition
 


"K-Mails" -- my on-line Newsletter


2006 -- 4th year

University of Southern California TROJANS!

 

 

TRACK VOLUME EIGHT - Issues 1- 9 -2006 USC OUTDOOR SEASON!
 
June 27th, 2006 -- USA Nationals! 
 June 12th, 2006 -- NCAA Runner-Ups!  
 May 29th, 2006 -- NCAA Western Regionals 
 May 16th, 2006 -- Pac 10 C
 April 30th, 2006 -- USC vs. UCLA   
 April 17th, 2006 -- Mt. SAC Relays!   

 April 10th, 2006 -- TEXAS RELAYS! -- 
 April 2nd, 2006 -- Cardinal & Gold Invitational - My LAST HOME MEET!!
 March 27th, 2006 --  Trojan Invitational!
 

 

TRACK VOLUME SEVEN -- Issues 1--11-- 2005 My USC Life begins!
                                 
 2006 INDOOR SEASON

 March 13th,2006 -- the 2006 NCAA INDOOR 
 March 5th, 2006 -- Last Chance meet 
 February 26th, 2006 -- It's "HAMMA" time!
 February 22nd, 2006 -- USC Track banquet 
 
February 13th, 2006 -- Tyson Invitational 
 
Janurary 30th, 2006 - Washington State 
 
January 23rd, 2006 --  New Mexico
 
January 5th,2006  -- PRE- USC Indoor 
 November 28,2005 -- Thanksgiving, 
 
November, 2005 --   Southern Cal!

 August 24th, 2005 -- My Graduation K-Mail
 April 30th, 2005 -- USC Graduate School 

My experiences at USC have been wonderful!  Here are some of the Highlights:

4th time All-American and this time as a Trojan!
Pac 10 Runner-Up
NCAA Western Regional's Runner-up
 PAC 10 Conference
Athlete of the Week!
 Southern California
Trojan Record holder 57-7.5 in the shot!
Victorious over UCLA! ( 3 PR's!) (1st time in this signature event)

Oh Yes... I earned a Masters In Strategic Public Relations!
 



NCAA Runner-Ups!
NCAA Regionals Champions!
3rd in Pac 10
awesome team performances!
 


No ... UCLA did not like losing in their signature event!

oh well -- throw farther!

Thank you, Trojans!


Year of Competition
 
   


2005
 
On my own at Florida
 


NOTE: I petitioned the NCAA to complete
my last year of eligibility at Southern Cal.
It was granted and I began to train again
in the fall of 2005.
 

2005 was a year of transition for me. I wasn't on the Florida track team
for reasons that I have explained further on this site and I hold no
 grudges as the NCAA reinstated my eligibility the following year.

However, I did have the opportunity to work on my academic
tasks and gained admission to a number of wonderful Masters
Programs in Public Relations. I chose to attend the University
of Southern California's  Annenberg School in Communication.
 I completed the two year program and gained a Masters
degree in Strategic Public Relations.

I am now at the University of Tennessee working on my Ph.D..


  2004 OLYMPIC TRIALS

 
K-Mails -- my on-line Newsletter  

9th At the Olympic trials!

TRACK VOLUME FIVE -- ISSUES 1 -- 3
 ---
On My Own! 2004 Olympic Trials!

 September 2004... Hurricane Frances
& MY  
Olympic Drug Test Results!


 August 22, 2004.... Back to School K-Mail!

 Check out my $ 1000 check from USATF!


 July 20,2004
...
Here is Olympic Trials K-Mail!

 

RIGHT: yep, another workout day
in San Luis Obispo, California  

 


Year of Competition
 



"K-Mails" -- my on-line Newsletter
 


Achievements & milestones


2004 - 3rd year
 

University of Florida Gators


TRACK
VOLUME FOUR -- ISSUES 1- 7 -- 

 2004 OUTDOOR SEASON

June 2004.......Championship

May 2004.........  NCAA East Regional!
May 2004......... SEC Championships!!
April 25,2004 ...Penn Relays 
April 13,2004   Arizona/Mesa C.C.

April 3, 2004    U.S.F. Invite
March 24 -27, 2004   Florida Relays

TRACK VOLUME THREE -- ISSUES 1- 18    -

  2004 INDOOR SEASON

March 15, 2004 NCAA Championships

March 6, 2004 FLORIDA FAST TIMES Invitational (last chance meet )
March  1, 2004  SEC Conference 
February 21, 2004 Hoosier 
February 14, 2004 Tyson  
February 9, 2004 Husker 
February 2, 2004 Gator 

January 25, 2004 SEC INVITATIONAL
January 18,2004 

January 1, 2004 Vacation 
December 15, 2003  X-Mas Party
December 7, 2003 FIRST   MEET  !

November 30, 2003  Pre-Season
October 26, 2003  Special  Issue!!
October 20,2003  Coach and Mrs.   Jones Host a 'Gator Football Party!'
October 10, 2003  2 month Countdown 
September 08, 2003

August 31, 2003  BACK TO SCHOOL  

 

LEFT: Me on ESPN!!!
 

Indoors: NCAA All American 6th Place in the Shot
SEC Conference-- 3rd in the Shot
Seasonal Bests: 55-05.5/66-0.25


 
We were NCAA Runner-ups TWICE!


Year of Competition
 


"K-Mails" -- my on-line Newsletter


Achievements & milestones


2003 -- 2nd year

University of Florida Gators


frame-by-frame 54-9
NCAA 2003

August 03,2003  
Explosive Training!

 

Outdoors: NCAA All American 8th Place
SEC Conference--Champion
Seasonal Bests: 54-10.75/61-02.25
Indoors: NCAA All American 7th Place
SEC Conference--Champion
Seasonal Bests: 55-09.75/151/172-11
 



Here I am being interviewed after
winning the SEC Championship for
the first time. ( I won twice)


June 16,2003 ....NCAA  RESULTS!!  
June 08,2003 ....NCAA  PREVIEW!
June 02,2003 ....NCAA Regional Championships @ George Mason University
May  19, 2003 ...SEC CHAMPIONSHIP @ Tennessee!
May  11, 2003 ...FSU  Twilight Meet
May  05, 2003 ...Florida Women's Classic
April 27, 2003 ...PENN RELAYS!
April 20, 2003 ... Gator at Home Training!

April 14, 2003 ...Mesa Classic & Angel Classic
April 6, 2003 .....SEC Quad Meet!
March 30, 2003..Florida Relays
March 21, 2003..FSU Relays
 

TRACK VOLUME ONE - ISSUES 1-11- 2003 INDOOR SEASON

March 17, 2003  NCAA INDOOR 
March 10, 2003...  Alex Wilson Invitational 
March 3, 2003...  SEC Championships

February 23, 2003...  Hoosier Hills Open
February 16, 2003... Tyson Invitational
February 10, 2003...  Gator Invitational
February 2, 2003... Carolina Fast Times

January 27, 2003 ... SEC Challenge East
January 20, 2003 

December 15, 2002...
December 8, 2002...Kent State University...Kent, Ohio

 

Yep, I gave it all I had

 

Year of Competition

 

   

Achievements & milestones


2002 - 1st year  

Southern Methodist University Mustangs
 

   

 
  Outdoors: red shirt, then transfer to Florida


Indoors: NCAA 12th place--50-10.5
WAC Conference--Champion -- 52-04.5
WAC Freshman of the Year!

Seasonal Bests: 52-04.5
 


Year of Competition
 
  Achievements & milestones


2001

San Luis Obispo High School -- Senior
 

   

 
California State Shot Put Champion
and 6th place in Discus

2001 National Scholastic Indoor Champion & record holder 52-04.25


CIF Masters Champion in the Shot Put
CIF Div. III Champion in the Shot Put & record holder 51-10.25
3-time Mt Sac Invitational Champion in the Shot Put
3-time LA Invitational Champion in the Shot Put

Seasonal Bests:
53-07.5/145-05

Year of Competition
 
   

Achievements & milestones


2000  

San Luis Obispo High School -- Junior
 

   
  California State Shot Put Champion 50-07.5

CIF Masters Champion in the Shot Put
CIF Div. II Champion in the Shot Put
Golden West Champion in the Shot Put
Footlocker Outdoor Runner-up in the Shot Put, All-American
2-time Mt Sac Invitational Champion in the Shot Put
2-time LA Invitational Champion in the Shot Put

2000 National Scholastic Indoor Champion in the Shot Put, All-American

Seasonal Bests: My PRs are now
50'10.25" in the shot (Northern League Meet on 5/4/00) and 140'0.5" in the discus (Arroyo Grande Dual Meet on 4/13/00). My shot mark ranks #5 on the California All-Time List and #13 on the National All-Time List.
 

Year of Competition
 
   

Achievements & milestones


1999
 

Arroyo Grande High School - Sophomore
 






I set 4 National Federation records in weightlifting as a 15 and a 16 year old.

Here's my power lifting page!

 

California State Shot Put Runner-Up 48-0.25
CIF SS Masters Meet Champion in the Shot PutCIF SS Division II Champion in the Shot PutMt.
SAC Invitational Champion in the Invitational Shot Put
LA Invitational Champion in the Shot Put ,Runner-up in the Discus
Arcadia Invitational 3rd Place in the Invitational Shot Put
Named to the
1999 National Track and Field Honor Roll
Seasonal Bests: My PR in the shot is 48'5" (3/18/99) and 132' 1" in the discus (5/6/99).
#1 Shot mark in the US this year for a High School Sophomore#5 US Shot mark overall for 1999

 


Year of Competition
 
   

Achievements & milestones


1998
Arroyo Grande High School - Freshman

 


 
 

California State Shot Put 12th place--41-04

USATF Junior Nationals 22nd place--41-10.5

Seasonal Bests: 43-0.25/123-03
League: runner-up in shot and 5th in the discus

 

 

Year of Competition

 

   

Achievements & milestones


1997 --
8th grade

Laguna Middle School

   

San Luis Obispo County Champion

42'2"

 

 

Year of Competition

 

   

Achievements & milestones


1996 --
7th grade

Laguna Middle School
 

   

San Luis Obispo County Champion


What happened to me one fateful March day in 1996 was to change my life forever. I was entered into a County Championship Track & Field meet by my P.E. Teacher Mrs. Schimke.

I was fairly reluctant to go to the meet, but my mother was insistent that I honor my pledge to attend. She reminded me of something her father would say to her," there's this little thing called responsibility!" I went but I wasn't happy.

I had a few 'lessons' before the meet that I promptly forgot and threw with my left hand. The strange thing was that I won! I threw about 31 feet. They hung a gold medal around my neck and took the picture ( and wrote the inscription) you see on the left and placed the picture in the schools Glass trophy case. It stayed there for months and gave it to me when the year ended!

I was hooked!


1995


 I have added 1995 not for any track & field reason, but to mention that this was the year I first put up a web site. It was a Val Kilmer fan site and it contained a little bit about my self as well. Over the years there was less and less about poor Val and more and more about Track, Weightlifting and me!
 

 
If you are a young athlete working towards a college scholarship or
 just trying to become a better thrower, I wish you the best of luck on your journey! I hope
 some of the lessons of my experience will help you become better in all that you do!

Karen :)