U.S Olympic Track And Field Trials Resume With Big Stanford Contributions
July 4, 2008
Eugene, Ore.- The U.S Olympic Track and Field Trials resumed on Thursday after two days of rest. Several Stanford athletes impressed and moved closer to making the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team.
The Cardinal were well represented by both current and former athletes on The Farm in the men's 1,500 meters. Former U.S. Olympian Gabe Jennings won the first heat and finished with the third seed (3:44.39) to cruise to the semi-finals. Stanford's other former Olympian in the event, Grant Robison, finished 13th with a time of 3:42.12 to also advance.
Also advancing to the semi-finals were current Stanford standouts Russell Brown and Garrett Heath. Brown enters the next round as the eighth seed with a time of 3:43.79, while Heath is 22nd with a time of 3:43.90.
Also competing for the men was Jonathan Pierce in the prelims of the 3,000 meter steeplechase. Pierce finished with a time of 9:00.88, but did not advance to the final.
Already a U.S. Olympian, Erica McLain looked to earn a berth in her second event when she competed in the finals of the long jump. However, McLain placed tenth with a jump of 20-11 ¼ and will not advance. McLain will have to settle for being a member of the U.S. Team in the triple jump alone.
In the opening round of the 1,500 meters, Sara Hall finished with the 14th best time (4:18.00) to advance to the semi-finals. Hall, formerly Sara Bei, while at Stanford looks to join her husband Ryan Hall as a member of the U.S. Olympic Team. Ryan, also a Stanford grad was the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials Champion.
In the throws Jill Camarena fared well by placing second in the prelims of the shot put. Camarena tossed 58-7 ½ to emerge as one of the favorites for the Olympic Team in the event.
Also in the throws, Sarah Veress finished tied for fifth in the prelims of the hammer throw. Her mark of 219-1 earns her a spot in Friday's final.
Friday the trials will continue from Hayward Field with distance events of interest to the Cardinal. The finals of the women's 5,000 meters and the men's 10,000 meters will include several Stanford athletes. In addition the semi-finals of the men's and women's 1,500 meters will also be contested.