BALTIMORE – UMBC track and field volunteer assistant coach Kadine Johnson is heading to Kingston, Jamaica in an attempt to make the Jamaican National Team for the hammer throw and earn a trip to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
The Jamaican Olympic Trials at the National Stadium in Kingston begin Thurs., June 28 and go through the weekend finishing with the men's 200m dash on Sun., July 1. The women's hammer throw competition will start at 9:30 a.m. local time on Saturday.
Johnson, currently enrolled in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Baltimore, joined the Retriever staff this past academic year to assist with the school's throwers.
Johnson came to Baltimore following a highly successful career at America East rival Albany where she still holds the school record in both the weight throw (18.02m) and the hammer throw (57.53m) and also won multiple conference titles.
After graduation last year, she competed at the World Championship trials for Jamaica, placing second in the overall competition, and winning the University title outright.
This past season while assisting at UMBC and also training, Johnson set new personal bests in both events reaching 19.28m in the weight throw and 58.22m in the hammer.
"Kadine is doing all of the right things right now," said UMBC assistant coach and Johnson's personal coach Peter Koumlelis. "She certainly has the capability of reaching that next level this weekend."
If she is successful this weekend, Johnson will join swimmer and current Retriever Mohamed Hussein as well as former Retriever Cleopatra Borel at the Olympic Games. Hussein will compete for Egypt in the 100m freestyle and 200m individual medley while Borel will compete for Trinidad and Tobago in the shot put.