For the third time in her career, Kara Winger will throw javelins for Team USA at the Olympics.
On Saturday night at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Oregon, the 30-year-old Purdue graduate and six-time national champion finished third in the javelin qualifying finals with a distance of 189 feet, 11 inches.
Texas A&M’s Maggie Malone, who won the NCAA title at Eugene, added Olympian to her resume by winning the event with a distance of 197-11. She had the three longest throws of the competition. Texas Tech’s Hannah Carson was second at 190-11.
Indianapolis native and Warren Central graduate Candyce McGrone came up short in her bid to run for Team USA in the 200 meters. She finished fourth in her heat and 10th overall in the event’s semifinals Saturday with a time of 23.01 seconds. The final qualifier clocked a 22.98.
In a tough twist of fate, Saturday was the second time McGrone came up .03 seconds short of advancing to final of a event. In the 100 meters semifinal July 3, her time of 11.07 was .03 seconds slower than the final qualifier.