Ygnacio Valley HS (Calif.) ‘93 Diablo Valley CC '94; Florida '98; California-Berkeley ‘99
PRs: SP - 18.74m/61-5.75 (2007); DT - 55.50m/182-1 (1998)
Born: 1975, in Walnut Creek, Calif.
Current Residence: Palo Alto, Calif.
High School: Ygnacio Valley HS (Calif.) ‘93
Colleges: Diablo Valley CC '94; Florida '98; California-Berkeley ‘99
Coach: Jerry Clayton
Career Highlights: 3-time USA Outdoor champion ('03, '05, '07); 2004 Olympic Trials runner-up; 2003 USA Indoor champion; 2004 USA Indoor runner-up; 3rd at 2002 USA Indoors and Outdoors; 2-time USA Junior runner-up ('92, '93)
In 2007, Heaston claimed her third USA Outdoor championship with a personal-best throw of 18.74m/61-5.75...won her second USA Outdoor title in 2005 with a personal-best 18.68m/61-3.5, and competed in the qualifying round at the World Outdoors... she was the first woman to throw in the qualifying round of the 2004 Olympic Games SP at Ancient Olympia, making her the first woman ever to compete at Olympia...after her first throw of 16.41m/53-10.75, she fouled in her second attempt before posting her best throw of 17.17m/56-4, short of the automatic qualifying mark of 18.50m/60-8.5. "It's just exciting to be here and be part of it. Who knows when there will be another woman competing here, or another competition? It's just awesome." In 2003 Heaston became the first woman to win the USA Indoor and Outdoor shot put titles in the same year since Connie Price-Smith did it in 2000... a standout at the University of Florida, Heaston transferred to Cal-Berkeley her junior season when she found out that her father was suffering from brain cancer...the elder Heaston was the men's water polo coach at Cal-Berkeley...he died in July of 1999...a five-time All-American, Heaston now focuses solely on the shot put.
2007: USA Outdoor champion (18.74m/61-5.75PR)...5th at Pan Am Games (17.88m/58-8)... 10th in qual. at World Outdoors (17.40m/57-1)...1st at Pepsi Florida Relays (18.55m/60-10.5)...2nd at Modesto Relays (18.23m/59-9.75)...3rd at Turin (18.18m/59-7.75)...ranked #2 in the U.S. by T&FN...best of 18.74m/61-5.75.
2006: USA Indoor runner-up (18.24m/59-10.25)...4th at USA Outdoors (18.06m/59-3)...3rd at Zagreb (17.16m/56-3.75)...7th at World Athletics Final (17.51m/57-5.5)...ranked #3 in the U.S. by T&FN...best of 18.24m/59-10.25i.
2005: USA Outdoor champion (18.68m/61-3.5PR)...9th in Group A Semifinals at World Outdoor Championships (17.53m/57-6.25)...1st at Payton Jordan US Open (18.55m/60-10.5)...ranked #1 in the U.S. by T&FN...best of 18.68m/61-3.5.
2004: 12th in Group B at Olympic Games (17.17m/56-4)...Olympic Trials runner-up (18.10m/59-4.75)...USA Indoor runner-up (17.81m/58-5.25i)...9th in semifinals at World Indoors (17.86m/58-7.25)...1st at Westwood (18.56m/60-10.75PR)...1st at Tucson (18.40m/60-4.5)...1st at Stanford (18.15m/59-6.75)...2nd at Chapel Hill (18.20m/59-8.5)...3rd at Munich (18.13m/59-5.75)...1st in Sacramento (18.01m/59-1.25)...1st at Tyson Foods Invite (18.01m/59-1.25i)...1st at Boise (18.04m/59-2.25i)...ranked #2 in the U.S. by T&FN...best of 18.56m/60-10.75.