Starting today, former Rockaway Beach resident Denise O’Connell (pictured throwing with the Virginia Tech Hokies) will compete in the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team Trials in Sacramento, California for the chance to appear at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. O’Connell will compete in the javelin throw competition. O’Connell was named to the NCAA Track and Field All-American Team in 2002 and broke many personal records at Virginia Tech. The qualifying event will take place today, July 9 and the finals will take place on Sunday, July 11. NBC and the USA Network will have highlights of the Olympic Trials from July 9-18.