A week after suffering a knee injury at the NCAA West Regionals, Stephanie Ulmer has earned herself a spot in the NCAA Championships in Sacramento, Calif. Ulmer, who earned an at-large bid for the June 7-10 competition, managed to finish 13th in the regionals, with a throw of 146-4.
Her mark of 165-8 earlier in the season would have won the regional title.
That mark, along with her Big Sky Conference title, allowed her to survive the regional declaration process and qualify for the national championship.
“I feel pretty excited because this is my first time ever going to nationals,” Ulmer told the sports information office. “I was pretty much on cloud nine minus the leg injury.”
A 2001 graduate of Ellensburg High School, Ulmer’s last obstacle is the knee injury that she suffered during her second throw at the west regionals. The first round of the competition begins June 7 at 11:30 a.m., with the finals on June 9, starting at 1:15 p.m. She hopes her knee will be in good enough shape for her to be competitive in the event.
“The knee wasn’t good up until yesterday (May 31), but today I started to walk normal and I’m doing some pretty intense rehab,” Ulmer said.
As of Monday, Ulmer had informed the NCAA that she would be able to compete in the event.
As a senior in high school, Ulmer had the best high school javelin throw in the nation with a toss of 177-9. The mark was second all-time in Washington and eighth all-time in the United States.
Ulmer also won the Big Sky Conference championship as a freshman and as a sophomore.
Ulmer also played basketball for the Eagles, where she was a first-team All-Big Sky selection as a senior in the 2004-2005 season. During her 113-game career, Ulmer scored 1,031 points and set school records for career three-pointers made (195) and attempted (548).
Ulmer now hopes to add a national championship to her cabinet of awards.