Kara Patterson
Kara  Patterson

RS Senior

Vancouver, Wash.

High School:



Greene, Charlton Honored by Big Ten

The pair led Purdue to its first outdoor Big Ten title since 1999

Career Bests

Javelin: 61.56 meters / 202-00

Career Highlights

Member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team, after winning the U.S. Team Trials in Eugene, Ore. (6/11-14), and surpassing the U.S. Olympic Trials record with her mark of 58.44 meters (191-09).

Earned 2008 NCAA All-America honors with a fifth-place showing at the national championships. Also qualified for the NCAA Championships in 2005 and 2006.

Three-time NCAA Mideast Regional Champion (2005-06, ´08).

Owns three of the four regional championships in Purdue history.

Two-time Big Ten Champion (2005, ´08).

Set the Purdue, Big Ten Championships and American Collegiate record with a mark of 61.56 meters (202-00) at the 2008 conference meet. The throw surpassed the "A" standard for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and made her second all-time in the U.S.

2008 USTFCCCA Great Lakes Region Women's Field Athlete of the Year.

2008 Big Ten Women's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year.

2008 Big Ten Women's Field Athlete of the Championships.

Two-time First-Team All-Big Ten (2005, ´08); Second-Team All-Big Ten (2006).

Won the silver medal at the 2005 Pan American Games and the U.S. Outdoor Championships.

2008 Second-Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District.

Three-Time Academic All-Big Ten (2006-08).

Missed the 2007 season due to injury.

Personal Information

Kara Estelle Patterson was born April 10, 1986, in Seattle, Wash.

Is the daughter of Bruce and Rona Patterson.

Has one brother, Craig.

Enjoys art, glass blowing, reading, spontaneous travel and movies.

Majoring in nutrition, fitness and health.


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