PR: 67.67m/222-0AR (2007)
Born: 1976, in Modesto, Calif.
Current Residence: Modesto, Calif.
High School: Downey HS (Calif.) ‘94
College: UCLA ‘99
Coach: Dan Pfaff
Agent: Ray Flynn
Career Highlights: 2007 USA champion; 1996 Olympic Trials champion; 6-time USA runner-up ('97, '00, '01, '02, '03, ‘06); 3-time U.S. Junior Champion ('93, '94, '95); 1995 Pan American Junior Championships gold medalist
Powell bettered the women's U.S. discus throw record at the 2007 Maui "Big Wind" Discus Challenge winning the event on her fifth throw of the competition that sailed 67.67 meters/222 feet, which surpasses the 21-year old U.S. women's record of 66.10m/216-10 set by Carol Cady in 1986. She claimed her first U.S. title at the 2007 USA Outdoor Championships. For the fifth time in seven years, Powell claimed the runner-up spot in the women's discus throw with her toss of 58.68m/192-6 at 2006 USA Outdoors...had a solid 2004 season giving her a #5 ranking in the U.S. by Track & Field News. She set what would have been a U.S. women's discus record of 69.44m/227-10 in La Jolla on April 27, 2002, and she ended the 2002 season with the three best performances by an American in the women's discus...the record was not ratified, however, due to technical issues with the throwing sector...Powell started throwing in fifth grade, once her father and coach, Mac Powell, convinced her to switch from distance running. Powell was the longtime national HS record holder for the discus and was the 1994 Track & Field News High School Athlete of the Year. She was also a standout basketball player in high school, all-state as a senior...majored in geography and business at UCLA.
2008: 2nd at Maui (63.39m/208-11)
2007: USA champion (60.63m/198-11)...4th at Pan Am Games (59.08m/193-10)...8th in qual. at World Outdoors (59.57m/195-5)...1st at Maui (67.67m/222-0AR)...1st at Modesto Relays (65.17m/213-10)...2nd at Reebok Grand Prix (60.77m/199-4)...1st at Salinas (65.52m/214-11)...1st at Stanford (63.60m/208-8)...ranked #1 in the U.S. by T&FN...best of 67.67m/222-0.
2006: USA Outdoors runner-up (58.68m/192-6)...1st at Salinas (63.14m/207-2)...1st at Fresno (61.68m/202-4)...7th at World Athletics Final (59.44m/195-0)...1st at Road to Eugene '08 (60.53m/198-7)...ranked #2 in the U.S. by T&FN...best of 63.14m/207-2.
2005: 4th at USA Outdoor Champs (61.00m/200-1)...1st at Salinas (60.69m/199-1)...1st at San Diego (62.35m/204-7)...ranked #4 in the U.S. by T&FN... 62.35m/204-7.
2004: 6th at Olympic Trials (58.19m/190-11)...1st at Fresno (58.51m/191-11)...2nd at Mt. SAC (62.82m/206-2)...1st at Modesto Relays (62.76m/205-11)...2nd at Huntington Beach (63.58m/208-7)...2nd at San Diego (62.54m/205-2)...ranked #5 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 63.58m/208-7.