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BLOOMINGTON, Ind,-- After almost two full days of competition at the 2004 Olympic Trials in Sacramento, Calif., former Indiana track and field athlete DeDee Nathan had the best showing among any Indiana athlete as she sits in third-place in the heptathlon with 5216 points after six complete events. Nathan, a 1990 graduate of Indiana and also the only IU woman to ever compete at the Olympics (2000) had a stellar day on Friday, placing no lower than 13th in any event. Her highest finish was in the shot put in which she heaved a mark of 13.94m (45-9), putting her second overall in the event. Nathan has one event remaining (800m).
"Physically, I'm not far from where I need to be strength-wise, but I haven't put much into my technique, said Nathan. Since I've been close to making the team before, they better not leave me any room or it will make me compete that much harder. I think I'm ready for a good javelin and long jump, based on last week's performances (at the club nationals).
"I'm a one-a-year heptathlon heptathlete. You can only do so much in a season. I think some of the college girls were hoping for a little more in some events, but they've done several heptathlons this year and may be a little tired."
Former Hoosier Bob Kennedy, who competed in the 1996 and 1992 Olympics in the 5,000m, was aiming to qualify in the 10,000m at this years trials, but was unable to do so after suffering an Achilles tendon injury that forced him to step off the track and not finish the race.
There's frustration, but no anger, said Kennedy. I was hoping it would last, but it just wasn't in the cards. The old body just isn't as young as it used to be. I felt it after one kilometer. After four laps it was bad. I didn't want to rupture it."
Krista Ferrara, a 1997 graduate and Adam Judge, a 2003 graduate, both competed in the trials for the first time. Ferrara ran in the 800m and finished 17th overall with a time of 2:04.95. Judge participated in the hammer throw, but fouled on each of his attempts.
Results From Day One
Heptathlon- DeDee Nathan-4th-place, 4485 pts. (after six events)
Shot Put-2nd-13.94m (45-9.00)
Womens 800m-Krista Ferrara-17th-2:04.95
Mens 10,000m-Bob Kennedy-DNF
Results From Day Two
Adam Judge- FOUL
Heptathlon continued-DeDee Nathan
Long Jump-4th-6.12m (20-01.00)