Conwell 6th in Discus as Track Trials Conclude
July 7, 2008
EUGENE, Ore. - Husky alum and current volunteer assistant throws coach Will Conwell finished in sixth-place in the men's discus throw yesterday on the final day of the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials at Hayward Field.
Conwell, who competes for Club Northwest, threw 202-feet, 7-inches on his fifth attempt. The mark was just three feet shy of Casey Malone, who secured the third and final spot on the Olympic team with a mark of 205-7.
A 2006 graduate, Conwell made the NCAA Championships in his final season, and his collegiate best of 200-1 ranks sixth in UW history. Conwell works with current UW throws coach Reedus Thurmond, who also competed in the discus prelims.
Conwell is the husband of former Husky Kate Soma, who tied for 13th in the women's pole vault earlier in the week.
With the Trials now at an end, pole vaulter Brad Walker and discus thrower Aretha Thurmond will advance on to the Olympic Games in Beijing, China starting in August. All told, 14 athletes with Washington affiliations competed in the Trials.
2008 USA Olympic Team Trials - Track and Field
Eugene, Ore. - Hayward Field
June 27-July 6
Friday, June 27
Brad Walker - Men's Pole Vault Qualifying - 18-4 ½, top qualifier
Aretha Thurmond - Women's Discus Qualifying - 201-1, 3rd overall, advances to final
Cecilia Barnes - Women's Discus Qualifying - 176-8, 9th overall, advances to final
Ryan Brown - Men's 800m Run Quarterfinal - 1:49.20, 2nd in heat, advances to semis
Norris Frederick - Men's Long Jump Qualifying - 25-2, 14th overall, did not qualify
Saturday, June 28
Men's 800m Run Semifinal - Ryan Brown, 1:47.95, 14th overall, does not advance
Sunday, June 29
Men's Pole Vault Final - Brad Walker; 18-6 ½, 3rd, earns Olympics bid
Women's Discus Final - Aretha Thurmond; 213-11, 1st, earns Olympics bid
Women's Discus Final - Cecilia Barnes; 186-6, 5th
Jordan Boase - Men's 400m Dash Quarterfinal - 46.31, 3rd in heat, advances to semis
Tuesday, July 1 - Wednesday, July 2
Thursday, July 3
Kate Conwell - Women's Pole Vault Qualifying - 13-5 ¼, tied for 13th overall, does not advance
Christine Babcock - Women's 1500m Run Quarterfinal - 4:18.32, 7th in heat, advances to semis
Katie Follett - Women's 1500m Run Quarterfinal - 4:19.00, 8th in heat, advances to semis
Amanda Miller - Women's 1500m Run Quarterfinal - 4:24.45, 10th in heat, does not advance
Michelle Turner - Women's 1500m Run Quarterfinal - 4:18.79, 6th in heat, advances to semis
Will Conwell - Men's Discus Throw Qualifying - 193-3, 9th overall, advances to final
Reedus Thurmond - Men's Discus Throw Qualifying - 188-4, 18th overall, does not advance
Friday, July 4
Women's 15000m Run Semifinal - Christine Babcock; 4:20.00, 9th in heat, does not advance
Women's 1500m Run Semifinal - Katie Follett; 4:22.60, 11th in heat, does not advance
Women's 1500m Run Semifinal - Michelle Turner; 4:30.59, 12th in heat, does not advance
Justin St. Clair - Men's Javelin Throw Qualifying - Scratched
Jordan Boase - Men's 200m Dash Qualifying - Scratched
Sunday, July 6
Men's Discus Throw Final - Will Conwell; 202-7, 6th overall