Leach Stumbles On Seventh Hurdle; Does Not Advance At Olympic Trials

June 27, 2008

The 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials got off to a rough start for the Bruins as probable Olympic team member and current Bruin Nicole Leach stumbled over the seventh hurdle and was unable to make up ground in her race. She ended the race in 23rd-place (1:00.90) and will not advance to the next round. Despite Leach's disappointing race, a few Bruins did advance to the next phase of their events in Eugene, OR.

Leading the way was former Bruin Sheena (Johnson) Tosta, who ran the second-fastest 400m hurdles time of the day (56.07) to advance to the semifinal round. In the discus, Suzy Powell-Roos advanced to Sunday's final as she placed second with a throw of 201-5.

Incoming freshman Ryann Krais was just three places shy of advancing to the semifinal in the 400m hurdles as she posted the 19th-best time of the day (59.39). Krais will next head to Poland for the World Junior Championships where she will compete in the heptathlon.

Sophomore Krishna Curry missed a spot in the 800m semifinal as she placed 20th overall (2:05.91). Senior Renee Williams was 22nd in the triple jump with a mark of 41-1. In the 100m, former Bruin Hasani Roseby advanced out of the first round with the 19th-best time (11.29). In the quarterfinal, Roseby placed 19th overall with a time of 11.19, but does not advance to the semifinal round.

On the men's side, former Bruin Brandon Johnson ran the eighth-best time of the day in the men's 400m hurdles (50.11) as he advances to the semifinal round. Former Bruin Kyle Erickson was 22nd overall with a time of 50.81, while fellow alum Jon Rankin was 24th in the 800m (1:49.73). Neither advances to the next round of their respective event, but Rankin will run in his premier event, the 1500m, later in the week.

Competition continues on Saturday in Eugene. Live results can be found here.

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