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2008 Women's Track & Field Roster

Evelien Dekkers

Etten-Leur, The Netherlands
Katholieke Scholengemeenschap
Evelein Dekkers





Discus: 47.85m/157-0, 2007 Mesa Classic, Mesa, Ariz.

Javelin: 53.16m/174-5, 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships, Fayetteville, Ark.


HONORS: (Two-time SEC champion, one-time All-American) 2009 SEC Outdoor Champion; 2009 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District First Team … 2008 NCAA Outdoor All-American – Javelin; 2008 SEC Outdoor champion – Javelin;; 2007 USTFCCCA All-East Region – Javelin; USTFCCCA All-Academic Team – 2007 … Two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection (2008, 2009).


2009 AS A JUNIOR: Wins (2): (o) SEC Outdoor Championships (53.02m/173-11); Pepsi Florida Relays (48.05m/157-8)  … Earned All-America honors for the second consecutive year in the javelin with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, recording a career-best throw (53.16m/174-5) … Fourth in the javelin in the NCAA East Regional (49.99m/164-0) … Captured her second career SEC outdoor title in the javelin with a then-career-best toss (53.02m/173-11) … Third in the javelin at the Penn Relays, recording a then-season-best mark (49.56m/162-7) … Second in the javelin at the War Eagle Invitational (48.70m/159-9) in her season-debut for 2009 … CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District First Team … SEC Academic Honor Roll.


2008 AS A SOPHOMORE: Wins (3): (o) … SEC Outdoor Champion in the javelin (51.67m/169-6); Mississippi Open javelin (51.41m/168-8); Pepsi Florida Relays javelin (50.23m/164-9) … Earned All-America honors in the javelin at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a throw of 50.71m/166-4) … The NCAA East Regional runner-up in the javelin (51.23m/168-1) … Named USTFCCCA All-East Region in the javelin … Bests of 43.43m/142-6 (discus) and 51.76m/169-10 (javelin) … Competed in five outdoor meets … Captured UF’s first conference javelin title in eight years with heave of 51.67m/169-6 at Southeastern Conference Outdoor Championships … All-SEC first-team member … Won javelin (51.41m/168-8) and took fifth in discus (43.43m/142-6) at Mississippi Open … Finished eighth in javelin at Drake Relays (47.40m/55-6) … Earned runner-up honors in javelin at Sun Angel Track Classic with NCAA regional-qualifying toss of 51.76m/169-10 … Made outdoor season debut with victory and NCAA regional mark in javelin, recording toss of 50.23m/164-9 … SEC Academic Honor Roll.


2006-07 AS A FRESHMAN: Wins (3): (o) Sun Angel Classic javelin (52.84m/173-4); Pepsi Florida Relays javelin (50.18m/164-7); Florida State Relays javelin (52.40m/171-11) … Bests of 47.85m/157-0 (discus) and 52.84m/173-4 (javelin) … Competed in seven meets, all outdoor … USTFCCCA All-Academic Team … SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll … USTFCCCA All-East Region in javelin … Recorded javelin throw of 47.39m/155-6 to finish 17th at NCAA Championships … Took fourth in javelin (48.18m/158-1) at NCAA East Regional … Also finished 18th in discus (44.74m/146-9) … Took fourth in javelin (48.85m) and fifth in discus (47.11m) at SEC Outdoor Championships … Notched third victory and second regional mark in javelin at Sun Angel Classic with personal-best toss of 52.84m/173-4, second in school history … Regionally qualified in discus at Mesa Classic with third-place throw of 47.85m/157-0 … Earned second win in javelin with toss of 50.18m/164-7 at Pepsi Florida Relays … Also finished fifth in discus with throw of 46.45m/152-5 … Threw javelin regional mark of 52.40m/171-11 to earn victory at Florida State Relays … Also threw discus 47.06m/154-5 to finish second as top collegian … Efforts at Florida State Relays earned SEC Field Athlete of the Week honors on April 3.


HIGH SCHOOL/PREP: Bests of 46.71m/153-3 (discus), 51.38m/168-7 (javelin), 14.00m/45-11.75 (shot put) … Personal best in discus came at 2006 Dutch Junior Nationals, where she was champion in both javelin (48.80m) and discus … Finished 17th in javelin with a throw of 45.21m at 2006 World Junior Championship in Beijing, China … Personal best in javelin came at 2005 Dutch Junior Nationals where her throw of 51.38m/168-7 set national youth record … Finished second in discus at 2005 Dutch Youth Nationals with a throw of 44.56m/146-2 … Had gold medal-winning javelin throw of 49.76m/163-3 at the 2005 European Youth Olympic Festival … Competed as a youth in javelin at 2005 Junior European Championships, finishing 10th in qualifying round with mark of 49.38m/162-0 and 12th in finals with mark of 45.78m/150-2 … Competed as a youth and finished third in javelin with throw of 45.33m/148-8 at 2005 St. Niklaas Flanders Cup, a senior meet … Competed on the club level for ARV Achilles, with her team winning nationals in 2003 and 2005 … Was named Sportswoman of the Year in her hometown in 2002 and 2005 … Finished third at 2003 indoor Dutch Youth Nationals in shot put with mark of 14.00m/45-11.75, while competing from a younger age category … Dutch youth champion in javelin (2000-02) and shot put (2002), and runner-up in discus (2000-01) … Winner of the 2002 Interland in Germany in shot put … Also competed in heptathlon and hurdles … Also participated in soccer, handball and table tennis.


BEYOND THE STATS: Born Elisabeth Dekkers on April 28 1988, in Etten-Leur, The Netherlands … Her parents are Jan and Willy Dekkers … Her brother, Arjan Dekkers, also competes in track and field as a member of ARV Achilles … A 2006 graduate of Katholieke Scholengemeenschap … Chose UF because she wanted to learn about a new culture and to have the opportunity to train under coach Steve Lemke.


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