Cal Alum Makes Olympic Team
July 13, 2004
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Cal alum Travis Nutter made the U.S. Olympic team last night by finishing third in the finals of the men's hammer throw. Nutter, class of 1998, threw 237-09 (72.46m) to earn his first trip to the Olympics, pending his also earning an Olympic 'A' Standard by Aug. 9. The Olympic 'A' standard for men in the hammer is 78.65 meters.
Fellow alums Grace Upshaw and Bolota Asmerom positioned themselves for the finals in their own events. Upshaw finished second in the preliminaries of the long jump 21-05.50 (6.54m). The women's long jump final takes place at 5:45 p.m. on Thursday. Asmerom placed third in the preliminaries of the 5000 meter run, 13:42.49. The finals of the men's 5000 meter are at 8:55 p.m. on Friday.
USA will air coverage of the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Team Trials Thursday from 10 p.m. to midnight and Friday from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Cal Track and Field will host a reception, sponsored by class of 1964 high jumper Roger Olsen, on Wednesday, July 14 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento. The Sheraton is located at 1230 J Street in downtown Sacramento. Anyone wishing to attend should RSVP to Tami Holzman in Athletic Development at email@example.com or by calling (510) 642-3945.
Cal finishers are shown below. Full results and a schedule of events can be found at www.usatf.org.
2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials
Men Hammer Throw Final3 Travis Nutter Pacific Bay T C 72.46m 237-09
Women Long Jump Preliminaries2 Grace Upshaw Nike 6.54mq 1.4 21-05.50
Men 5000 Meter Run3 Bolota Asmerom Nike 13:42.49Q