THIS YEAR: Senior Kate Hutchinson, the USC record-holder in the discus, returns to action in 2008 after redshirting in 2007.
2007: Sat out the season and used her redshirt year.
2006: Hutchinson had an outstanding junior season which saw her establish the school discus record with a throw of 189-5 on May 6 at the Claremont Classic...She established the new USC standard in the discus three times during the season and improved her previous best distance by 21 feet...Placed second at the Pac-10s with a throw of 53.57m...She won the NCAA West Regional discus competition and earned USC a first-place tie with Stanford with a throw of 55.33m...Was an ESPN The Magazine second team selection to the 2005-06 Academic All-District Women's Track and Field team.
2005: Hutchinson has a season-best discus toss of 165-10 at the UC San DIego Relays on March 26...Finished third at the UCLA Dual Meet with a throw of 163-5 in the discus...Finished just out of the points in the discus throw at the NCAA West Regional in ninth place with a throw of 157-5...Was an honorable mention selection on the Pac-10 All-Academic Team.
2004: Had a solid freshman year, highlighted by a throw of 168-1 to finish second at the UCLA dual meet...That throw placed her fifth all-time on the USC women's discus list...She placed ninth at th Pac-10s with a throw of 158-0.
HIGH SCHOOL: Hutchinson prepped at San Clemente (Calif.) High, where she earned All-American honors from USA Today, Track and Field News and USATF in 2003...She started her career at Pullman (Wash.) High, where she was a two-time state champ in the discus...Her best throw of 175-8 was second-best in the nation...She finished second at the California state meet in 2003...Also threw the shot 42-4...Played volleyball (team MVP) and basketball...Was her class valedictorian.
PERSONAL: Kate was born on June 10, 1985...Likes going to the beach, reading and playing volleyball...Her grandfather Hugo DeGroot attended USC and threw the javelin for the track team...Both of her parents attended USC Law School...Her favorite actors are Katherine Heigl, Audrey Hepburn, Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant...She is a Political Science and International Relations major at USC.
CAREER BESTS: Discus -- 189-5 (School Record)