Black Knight women add five to all-time top-10 lists.
Personal Bests Javelin: 40.14m - Yale Springtime Invitational, May 1, 2011
2012 Women's Team Captain
Bulls Invite (3/16) Place: Rank on Team:
34.60m 14 of 25 3
Swashbuckle (3/24) Place: Rank on Team:
37.14m 5 of 10 1
Dick Shea (3/31) Place: Rank on Team:
33.93m 8 of 19 3
Army-Navy (4/7) Place: Rank on Team:
34.53m 6 of 6 3
Larry Ellis (4/20-21) Place: Rank on Team:
32.08m 17 of 22 3
Penn Relays (4/26) Place; Rank on Team:
35.42m 26 of 29 2
Patriots (5/4) Place: Rank on Team:
35.01m 12 of 15 3
2011: Continued to improve in just third season of throwing the javelin ... opened the outdoor season with 32.78m toss at Carolina Spring Break Classic in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico ... returned stateside to earn seventh place among 22 throwers with distance of 35.35m at Dick Shea Open ... eclipsed 36-meter mark for the first time in her career at LSU Invitational, throwing for 36.62m for 10th place among a stacked field of 13 ... winner at LSU meet placed fifth in the country at NCAA Championships, while three of top four competed at NCAAs ... earned points at the Army-Navy Star Meet for the first time in her career, placing fourth with Army's second-best throw of 36.44m ... stretched season- and career-best distance to 36.92m at Larry Ellis Invitational ... established career mark at Yale Springtime Invitational, tossing for 40.14m to earn third place in a field of 17 ... concluded the season by earning two points for Army at outdoor Patriot League Championships with fifth-place throw of 39.47m ... career-best mark attained in 2011 season was 10 meters farther than first collegiate competition's distance in 2009.
2010: Showed a marked improvement in second season of throwing the javelin ... opened the year at USF Bulls Invitational, passing best mark of 2009 season on her first attempt ... placed 11th of 18 with a distance of 31.57m ... improved the following meet with 31.57m toss at Military T&F Championships, winning her heat and placing seventh overall ... continued to rise in third straight meet, throwing for 34.55m for fourth place of seven at Dick Shea Open ... placed third in Army-dominated event at outdoor Star Meet against Navy ... bumped season-best distance to 34.83m ... hit stride at Larry Ellis Invitational, establishing career-best 35.68m for sixth place of 13 ... threw for fifth place at Yale Springtime Invitational (35.08m) ... placed 14th of 16 at outdoor Patriot League Championships (33.32m) ... fell short of a postseason-qualifying mark in season finale at NYC Qualifying Challenge, tossing for 32.25m ... named to Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
2009: Threw javelin for the first time competitively at season-opening meet, USF Bulls Invitational ... placed 11th of 17 with Army's second-best throw of 30.14m ... followed with a distance of 29.11m at Dick Shea Open ... hit season-best mark of 31.39m at Pennsylvania Invitational, placing 10th of 23 for the Black Knights' best finish ... threw in outdoor Star Meet against Navy (27.21m) ... earned season's second-best distance at Yale Invitational, placing third of 15 with an Army-best mark of 30.94m ... concluded first season of collegiate competition at outdoor Patriot League Championships, throwing the javelin 30.69m.
High School: Ran cross country and played softball at Louisville High School ... captained both teams ... did not compete in track and field until coming to West Point.
Personal: Rebecca Marie Kratz ... born Sept. 11, 1989 ... daughter of Irene and Rick Kratz ... sister Margaret is an Ensign in the Coach Guard ... brother Anthony (USMA '13) ... cousin played soccer at Navy ... sister ran track at the Coast Guard Academy ... names her cousin, Nick Copare, as her biggest role mole because he is an 0-4 in the Army and has gone through two deployments, is fluent in Arabic, is a Wounded Warrior, and has his Masters in International Relations ... also considers her sister a role model, saying "she is the kind of officer I strive to be" and also is a talented sprinter ... initially wanted to play softball at the Academy but was fascinated by javelin during her first summer at West Point ... credits her success to throwers coach Knut Hjeltnes ... chose West Point so she could serve her country and because of the chemical engineering program ... likes to paint in her free time ... majoring in chemical engineering.