Louis Luchini, Seth Hejny Advance To 5,000 Meter Finals At U.S. Olympic Trials

July 12, 2004

Sacramento, Ca - Louis Luchini and Seth Hejny, two recent graduates of Stanford University, have advanced to the finals of the 5,000 meters at the 2004 United States Olympic Trials.

Luchini, an eleven-time All-American and school record holder in the 5,000 meters, finished 12th in the prelims on Monday night at Hornet Stadium on the campus of Sacramento State University. Luchini was timed in 13:46.62 while Hejny, like Luchini a June graduate of Stanford, earned the final spot in the finals with a 16th place finish (13:49.52). Tim Broe had the best time in the prelims at 13:42.19. Fifteen-time All-American Jonathon Riley, a 2002 Stanford graduate and a favorite to make Team USA, also advanced to the finals with a seventh place finish at 13:42.93.

The 5,000 meter final is slated for Friday, July 16 (8:55 p.m. pt).

Sara Bei knew earning a berth on the U.S. Olympic team would be tough. After all, Bei, a senior-to-be at Stanford University, was competing against America's more experienced and top post-collegiate athletes in the finals of the 5,000 meters. Bei, who finished second in the 5,000 meters at the recent NCAA Championships, gained valuable experience in finishing eleventh in a time of 15:52.43. Shayne Culpepper (15:07.41), Marla Runyan (15:07.48) and Shalane Flanagan (15:10.52) finished first, second and third.

Summer Pierson's bid for an Olympic berth ended with a ninth place finish in the discus (186-0, 56.69m). Aretha Hill won the competition at 208-6 (63.55m).

In other events involving current and former Stanford athletes, Ian Dobson, a senior-to-be, finished 19th in a field of 24 in the prelims of the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a time of 8:40.08. Fourteen runners advanced to the finals which included Anthony Famiglietti who had the day's best time at 8:26.51.

Competition at the U.S. Olympic Trials will resume on Thursday (7/15/04). Current and former Stanford athletes who will compete include Jill Camarena in the shot put (5:35 p.m. pt), and with as many as six Cardinal athletes, including Donald Sage, Grant Robison and Jason Lunn, in the prelims of the 1,500 meters (8:00 p.m.).

The top three finishers at the U.S. Olympic Trials who have already met the Olympic 'A' qualifying standard in their event will be named to the Team USA roster for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

For complete results at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials, go to www.usatf.org

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