Bruin Alums Shine On Thursday At Olympic Track & Field Trials

July 3, 2008

Bruin alums had a big night in Eugene, Oregon at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials as several qualified for finals in their respective events highlighted by Jessica Cosby, Chelsea Johnson and Tracy O'Hara.

Cosby used her first and only throw of the competition to advance to the hammer final as she posted the No. 1 mark of the night, 228-8. Cari Soong also advanced to the final in the hammer as she threw the 10th-best mark of the night (212-4). Cosby and Soong will compete on Saturday in the hammer final.

Johnson and O'Hara tied for first with equal clearances of 14-1.25 and will compete for a spot on the Olympic team on Sunday, the final day of the Olympic Trials. Also in the pole vault, sophomore-to-be Tori Anthony tied for 13th with a clearance of 13-5.25 while recent graduate Ingrid Kantola failed to clear a height.

In the final of the 400m, Monique Henderson was edged out by a 10th of a second and placed fourth overall in a time of 50.98. Although she wasn't one of the top three finishers, Henderson will be named to the relay pool for the Olympic Games.

On the men's side of things, alum Jon Rankin had a strong run in the 1500m as he placed 12th overall (3:44.91) to advance to Friday's semifinal.

In the discus, John Godina qualified for the final with his fourth-place throw of 202-3. Greg Garza, who just finished his eligibility with the Bruins, finished 18th with a mark of 189-1.

On Friday, alums Amy Acuff and Mebrahtom Keflezighi will compete in the finals of the high jump and 10,000m, respectively.

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