On final attempt, Borman wins Javelin title and qualifies for Olympics

De Soto native, and
multi-event track and field Missouri High School State Champion for Festus High School, Brittany
Borman has put herself in the elite group of US women who throw the javelin in
recent years. The University of Oklahoma senior captured the last two NCAA
Division I Outdoor National Titles. At the 2012 meet last month, Borman
dominated the event. Her five legal throws were better than every other throw
by her 23 competitors but one.
Despite her outstanding
resume and the fact she just signed a professional sponsorship contract with
Nike, Borman needed to perform even better if she wanted to reach every track
and field athletes dream and compete in the Olympic Games. Borman needed to
place in the top three at the USA Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Or.
this weekend and also throw more than six feet farther then she ever had to
reach the Olympic Qualifying Standard of 200-9. Borman cruised through the
qualifying round Friday with a 4th place finish and best toss of
three measuring 178-9.

A day after failing to record a legal throw in the discus, junior Brittany Borman got redemption, winning the 2011 NCAA Division I Javelin title. 

In the Javelin finals
on Sunday afternoon, sitting in 3rd place with a best toss of 188-11
and having just one more throw, Borman came through in a big way. Borman’s sixth
and final toss sailed 201-9 at historic Hayward Field on the campus of the
University of Oregon. Olympian. Borman’s throw flew her into 1st
place and the two final athletes with remaining throws didn’t eclipse her mark,
giving her the gold medal.
With one 20 meter run-up
and a heave of the spear, Borman bettered her personal best of 194-11 by nearly
seven feet, captured the U.S. national championship, gave her an Olympic
qualifying mark, broke the U.S. Olympic Trials Meet Record, and earned her a
berth on the USA London Olympic team.

A phenomenal athlete, Borman was simply too great in the Javelin and Discus to venture into the combined events in college and be simply excellent, after so much success in the sprints, jumps, hurdles and throws and heptathlon in high school.

 Without that last throw, Borman would have had
to settle for a bronze medal and some competiton  on the European Summer Track Circuit and
forced her to wait another year before she’d have a chance to compete again for
the opportunity to represent the USA in international competition. Now, Borman
can forever say she’s an Olympian, and in just over a month, she’ll compete
against the world’s best, and have an opportunity to earn another medal, one
that would look the best of all on a resume.

Borman won her second straight NCAA DI Javelin title last month in dominating fashion. Borman had to enjoy the awards presentation alone as she had no time for the scheduled one after this years Javelin victory and had to go straight to the Discus.

 DeShasier takes 5th in Javelin

Carrolton, Il, native
and former SIU-E softball  player who
picked up the Javelin as a senior after her softball career, Alicia Deshasier,
placed 5th in the Javelin. Deshasier, who trains with former SIUE
head track and field David Astrauskas who now coaches at the University of
Wisconsin, had a best mark of 185-9. Deshasier, placed 3rd at last
year’s USA Championships and won the 2011 Pan-Am games javelin last fall representing
the USA Team.

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