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Track & Field's Paller Named Under Armour Athlete of the Week

Kaitlin Paller
Friday, March 29, 2019

Sophomore Kaitlin Paller's outstanding season just keeps going.  On March 2nd, she broke a 43-year old record in the discus then, a week later, broke the record she had just set.  The original record was was 129'10" and set by Vickie Darling in 1976.  Paller's record-breaking throw was 130' 2" then followed a week later by a monster throw of 137'3".  

This second record-breaking throw, eared her second at the University of Puget Sound's Ed Boitano Invitational and earned her the NWAC's Week 2 Under Armour Women's Track & Field Athlete of the Week honor.  ​Head coach Jakan Austin shared that "Kaitlyn finished 1st in the discus with a throw of 137-03, 41.84m breaking a 43-year old Olympic College record. She has put a lot of hard work in the off-season and it is definitely showing. With a huge PR in the discus, she has a bright future ahead of her."  In that same meet, Paller also finished 2nd in shot put with a throw of 40-08.75, 12.41m and 2nd in the hammer with a throw of 159-08, 48.67m.

Coach Austin believes there's more to come from Kaitlin this season, "She's been having great practices and even getting distances near her brother's old marks."  The brother mentioned here is four-time NWAC Champion, Colton Paller, who is currently competing for the University of Wyoming.  

Track & Field's next meet is at the University of Puget Sound's Shotwell Invitational April 6th.




Written by:  Jaymie Cox-Garcia  | jcox-garcia@olympic.edu


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