Pack Thrower Not Done with National Competition
June 21, 2006
Reno, Nev. - After becoming the program's first All-American thrower just two weeks ago, University of Nevada hammer specialist Caira Hane (Hillsboro, Ore.) has qualified to compete in the 2006 AT&T USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Indianapolis later this week.
The Championships are the final stop of USATF's 2006 Visa Championships Series, and take place June 21-25 at the IU Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium on the campus of IUPUI in downtown Indianapolis. It is the selection meet for the IAAF World Cup of Athletics, which will take place later that summer. The top three places from an event automatically make the USA Team, while the fourth spot qualifies as an alternate.
The 2006 USA Outdoor Junior Championships take place concurrently with the Outdoor Championships, as the selection meet for the 2006 World Junior Championships in Beijing, China. The women's throwers will compete Friday, June 23, at 5 p.m. (EST). Hane will be competing against some of the best American throwers, a group which is quickly growing wold-wide respect like Erin Gilreath who broke the American record in the event at this meet last year.
Having completed her eligibility with the Wolf Pack, Hane broke her own school hammer record three times combined in the NCAA West Regional and Outdoor Championships over the last month. She became the school's fifth All-American, but the first thrower in school history to win such honors. She set a school record in her last throw at the finals of the NCAA Championships to place eighth with a distance of 202'11".
The 2006 AT&T USA Outdoor Championships will be televised live on ESPN2 from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, and from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, June 25. All times are Eastern.