Track & Field


AS A JUNIOR: Remained Notre Dame's main competitor in the javelin in 2009 ... saw first action at the Arizona State Invitational, the first outdoor meet of the season, placing eighth with a throw of 42.68m ... placed first in javelin at the Dave Rankin Track and Field Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind., recording a throw of 40.96m ... followed her performance at Purdue with another first place finish at the Hillsdale Relays, this time recording a 44.92m throw ... a throw of 43.49m placed her sixth at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships ... placed second at the Georgia Tech Invitational, recording throw of 45.33m ... placed sixth in javelin at the NCAA Mideast Regional in Louisville, Ky., with a career-best throw of 46.52m falling just short of qualifying for the NCAA Championships.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Concentrated on the javelin during the outdoor season ... finished 10th with a throw of 39.72 meters at the Arizona State Invitational ... followed that with a second-place performance at the Mike Poehlein Invitational, registering a 42.42-meter toss ... finished third with a throw of 40.76 meters at the Ole Miss Invitational ... had a personal-best throw of 42.51 meters at the Eastern Michigan Invitational, taking home top honors ... finished third at the Hillsdale Relays with a throw of 39.84 meters ... ended the BIG EAST Championships in 11th after a throw of 39.93 meters ... closed out her season by topping her personal best with a throw of 42.75 meters, the eighth-best in school history, finishing sixth at the Georgia Tech Invitational.

AS A FRESHMAN: Was the lone Irish competitor in the javelin during the 2007 season ... her best throw of the campaign came at the Hillsdale Gina Relays, where her heave of 41.37m (135-8) won her the meet ... took eighth at the BIG EAST outdoor meet, throwing the javelin 40.24m (132-0) ... scored points and thus contributed to the Irish women's team title.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Three-sport letterwinner (track & field, soccer and basketball) at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle, Wash. ... won 2006 Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) Class 3A javelin title (42.16m, 138-4) by more than 16 feet (4.87m) over nearest competitor ... three-time Metro 3A Conference champion in javelin ... owns nine school records in the event ... top distance of 42.68m (140-0) came during her senior year ... born Oct. 10, 1987 in Seattle, Wash. ... daughter of Penny and John Knutzen ... younger of two children ... enrolled in the College of Science as a science-business major.


Javelin (Hillsdale Relays) 44.93m

Elise Knutzen
Elise  Knutzen


Seattle, WA

High School:
Nathan Hale




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