Buffalo Student-Athletes Compete at Canadian Olympic Trials

Updated 7/14/2008











Story courtesy of University at Buffalo Athletic Media Relations 


BUFFALO, NY -  The 2008 Mid-American Conference Champion in the javelin

Vanessa Roelofsen (Alma, Ontario/Norwell District) and Katie Weston (North

Bay, Ontario/Widdfield), who just finished her freshman season at UB, both

competed in the javelin throw at the Canadian Olympic Trials at the

University of Windsor Stadium.


    Roelofsen, who competed in June at the NCAA Outdoor Championships,

finished second in the meet with a throw of 156-0 (47.56m).  She finished

behind Elizabeth S. Gleadle, who won the javelin competition with a throw of

161-1 (49.09m).  In order to qualify for the Olympics the competitors had to

throw at least 178-8 (54.50m) for an Olympic ?A’ automatic qualification or

165-7 (50.50m) for an Olympic ?B’ qualification, which qualifies you if not

enough athletes meet the ?A’ qualification.  The 2008 Beijing Olympics will

have a minimum of 24 javelin throwers in the field.


    Weston finished in eighth place with her a throw of 134-6 (41.02m).

Weston just finished an outstanding first year at UB and was an NCAA East

Regional Qualifier after posting a season-best throw of 154-1 (46.97m)

earlier this year at the UB Invitational.