Event: Hammer Throw
PR: HT 73.87m/242-4 AR (2005); WT - 24. 46m/80-03 (2005)
Born: 1980 in Gainesville, Fla.
Current Residence: Williston, Fla.
High School: Carol Stream, Ill. (Glenbard West HS) 99
College: Florida 03
Coach: Larry Judge
Agent: Valentina Fedjuscmina
Career Highlights: 2006 USA Outdoor runner-up; 2005 USA Outdoor champion; 2004 Olympic Trials champion; 3-time USA Indoor champion ('04-'06); 2003 NCAA Indoor WT champion
American record-holder Gilreath won her second straight U.S. outdoor title in 2005, setting the national record of 73.87m/242-4 on her final attempt...she placed 10th at the World Outdoors...added the title of 2004 Olympic Trials champion to her resume as she unleashed a first-round throw of 69.27m/227-3, giving her all the distance she would need to win and make her first Olympic team…she improved her final mark to 70.42m/231-00 on her fourth throw for good measure…at the relatively tender age of 23, she set two records (HT – 72.12m/236-7 American record and WT - 23.95m/78-7 world best) in 2004 and established herself as America’s leading women’s hammer thrower… Gilreath firmly established herself as an Olympic Team favorite on April 10, 2004,when she tossed the hammer 72.12m/236-7 at the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Ariz…she won the event by almost 25 feet over her nearest challenger, and set an American record, bettering the previous standard of 72.01m/236-3 set by Anna Mahon in 2002… The 2003 NCAA Indoor champion in the 20lb. weight throw, Gilreath started her 2004 record setting binge by posting a world best in that event on January 25 at the SEC Track Invitational in Gainesville, Fla., near her residence in Williston, Fla…her winning mark of 23.95 meters/78 feet, 7 inches, easily bettered the previous record of 23.86m/78-3.50 set in March 2000 by Dawn Ellerbe… set the current world-best in the weight on Feb. 18, 2005 at Bloomington, Ind., with a toss of 24.23m/79-6.
2009: 3rd at USA Outdoors (68.08m/223-4)...USA Indoor runner-up (21.96m/72-0.75)...1st at Geoegia (70.19m/230-3).
2008: 12th at Olympic Trials (63.50m/208-4)...3rd at USA Indoors (21.71m/71-2.75)…ranked #7 in the U.S. by T&FN…best of 66.06m/216-9.
2007: 4th at USA Outdoors (68.08m/223-4)...USA Indoor runner-up (22.40m/73-6)...1st at Spring Fling #1 (70.10m/230-0)...ranked #4 in the U.S. by T&FN…best of 70.10m/230-0.
2006: USA Outdoor runner-up (69.39m/227-8)…USA Indoor champion (22.95m/75-3.5)…6th at World Cup (67.39m/221-1)…1st at Nike Prefontaine Classic (69.82m/229-1)…4th at Madrid Meeting de Atletismo (70.96m/232-9)…ranked #1 in the U.S. by T&FN…best of 70.96m/232-9.
2005: USA Outdoor champion (73.87m/242-4AR)…10th at World Outdoors (64.54m/211-9)…USA Indoor champion (24.46m/80-3i)...mark did not count as AR due to equipment stretching...set AR/World best with throws of 24.11/79-1.23 on Jan. 28 in Chapel Hill, and 24.23/79-6 on Feb. 18 in Bloomington, Ind…1st at Tallahassee (69.40m/229-4)…1st at Atlanta (71.14m/230-1)…1st at Palo Alto (70.14m/230-1)…1st at Glasgow (71.49m/234-6)…ranked #10 in the world (#1 U.S.) by T&FN…best of 73.87m/242-4.
2004: Olympic Trials HT champion (70.42m/231-0)…20th in qualifying round at Olympic Games (66.71m/218-10)…USA Indoors Champion (23.48m/77-0.5)…1st in HT at Sun Angel Classic (72.12m/236-7AR)…1st in the WT at SEC Track Invitational (23.95m/78-7WB)…1st at WT at Clemson (23.49m/77-0.75)…1st in WT at Verizon Millrose (23.32m/76-6.25)…1st in WT at Tyson Foods Invite (23.14m/75-110)…1st in WT at Gainesville (23.09m/75-9.25)…1st in HT at Claremont, Calif. (71.20m/233-7)…ranked #1 in the U.S. by T&FN…best of 72.12m/236-7.
2003: 5th in HT at USA Outdoors (64.83m/212-9)…NCAA Indoor WT champion (22.32m/72-3.75 PR)…SEC Outdoor WT champion (21.57m/70-9.25)…3rd in the HT at (63.78m/209-3) and 4th in SP (51-7.75m/169-9) at the SEC Championships…1st in the WT at the Hoosier Hills (20.54m/67-4.75)...1st in WT at Tyson Foods Invite (20.59m/67-6.75i)…1st in HT (60.63m/198-11) & SP (16.04m/52-7.5) at Florida Relays…best of 64.83m/212-9 (HT) & 22.32m/72-3.75 (WT).
2002: 8th in HT at SEC Champs…1st in SP at Auburn Bank Invitational (15.07m/49-5.5)…bests of 57.40m/188-4.