Husky 1500 Pack Finishes Trials Run in Semis

July 4, 2008

EUGENE, Ore. - Incoming freshman Christine Babcock led three Husky women in the 1500m semifinals today at the U.S. Track and Field Trials at Hayward Field. The Washington trio did not advance to the final.

Babcock and current Husky All-Americans Katie Follett and Michelle Turner all ran in the second of the two semifinals. Babcock, who will join the Huskies this fall for the cross country campaign, led the way with a 9th-place finish in 4:20.00. Follett crossed in 11th-place, running 4:22.60 while Turner ran 4:30.59, her slowest time of the year and 12 seconds slower than her prelim time.

The day marks an end to the spectacular 2008 seasons for Follett and Turner. Follett set indoor school records in the mile run, 3000-meters, and distance medley relay, which Turner was a part of. The two then both finished in the Top-10 in the mile at the 2008 NCAA Indoor meet, and teammate Amanda Miller led the way with a fifth-place finish. Washington was the only school to have three All-Americans in the same event.

Outdoors, Follett ran Top-10 times in the 800m, 1500m, and 5000m, and then captured the Pac-10 Championship in the 1500-meters. It was UW's first women's Pac-10 title since 2004, and first on the track since 2001. Turner then surprised many--except for her teammates--by winning the NCAA West Region 1500-meter title with Follett close behind.

Miller, who ran in the prelims on Thursday but did not advance, led the way again at NCAA's, earning All-American honors in the 1500 with a 11th-place finish.

Washington's Jordan Boase was also entered in the 200m qualifying today, but he scratched out of the race after a blister hampered him in the 400-meters earlier this week. Justin St. Clair also was scratched from the men's javelin throw field.

Tomorrow, six-time All-American and 2007 graduate Ashley Lodree will begin the qualifying process in the women's 100m hurdles.

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

Monday, June 30
Men's 400m Dash Semifinal - Jordan Boase; 46.60, 7th in heat, does not advance
Kelly Strong - Women's 3000m Steeplechase Semifinal - 10:13.70, 9th in heat, does not advance

Tuesday, July 1 - Wednesday, July 2
Rest Day

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

Saturday, July 5
Ashley Lodree - Women's 100m Hurdles Qualifying, 11 a.m.; Quarterfinal, 1:15 p.m.
Men's 200m Dash Quarterfinal, 12:10 p.m.; Semifinal, 2:29 p.m.

Sunday, July 6
Men's Discus Throw Final, 2:20 p.m.
Women's 100m Hurdles Semifinal, 3:35 p.m.; Final, 5:40 p.m.

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