LOS ANGELES (June 26, 2012) - When the 2012 Olympics Games officially open in London tomorrow, those from Cleveland High School will be watching for a familiar face during the Opening Ceremony – hammer thrower Jessica Cosby.
She competed in the Los Angeles Unified School District as a premier track and field athlete. In high school, she was a four-time Los Angeles City shot put champion (1997-2000). She also placed second in shot put at the 2000 California State Championships (14.95m/49-0.75) and Golden West Invitational (14.86m/48-9).
“I am so proud of Jessica Cosby, the only LAUSD graduate who will be participating in the London Olympics,” said Los Angeles School Board Member Tamar Galatzan. “The Cleveland High School alum continues a long tradition of athletic excellence from the San Fernando Valley, and her outstanding performances on the world stage make her a powerful role model for all Los Angeles students.”
A year later in 2001, after joining the track and field program at UCLA, Cosby became the first female athlete in American history to win both the shot put and hammer throw at the U.S. Junior Championships.
“Cleveland High School is very honored to call Jessica one of their own and we are excited to see her perform at this high level,” said Jason Meskis, Cleveland’s Athletic Director. “In speaking with her former high school coaches, they have all commented that she was always destined for greatness. She was a hardworking, gifted high school athlete, who excelled in everything from the 100 meters to the shot put. We wish Jessica huge success in London!”
She battled at the 2007 World Championships, and competed in the 2008 Olympic Games. After contending as one of the nation’s top hammer throwers for more than six years, Cosby added her name to the American record books again with an amazing throw at the 2012 Prefontaine Classic (74.19m/243-5).
Cosby, who serves as a volunteer assistant coach at San Diego State, lives in Mission Hills and is engaged to be married. Her wedding is planned for two weeks after the Olympic Games. If she wins, Cosby said, she will walk down the aisle with the medal draped around her neck.
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Pictured: Jessica Cosby (courtesy of USA Track & Field)