Cosby Breaks Olympic Trials Hammer Record; Qualifies For First Olympic Team

July 5, 2008

Jessica Cosby placed her stamp in Olympic Trials history on Saturday as the Bruin alum and current women's throws coach unleashed a record throw to win the hammer competition and earn a spot on the 2008 Olympic team. Cosby tossed an Olympic Trials record mark of 232-0 (70.72) on her first throw, breaking Erin Gilreath's 2004 record (70.42m). Cosby won the competition by nearly five feet over her nearest competitor.

Cosby joins Suzy Powell Roos (discus), Monique Henderson (4x400m), Sheena (Johnson) Tosta (400m hurdles) and Amy Acuff (high jump) as members of the 2008 Olympic Team.

Also in the hammer, alum Cari Soong finished ninth with a mark of 213-5.

In the women's high hurdle races, three Bruin alums advanced to Saturday's semifinal round with Joanna Hayes leading the way. Hayes was fifth in the prelim rounds (12.74) and then moved up to second in the quarterfinal (12.65). Dawn Harper was sixth in the prelim (13.01) and fifth in the quarterfinal (12.75), and Michelle Perry was eighth in the prelim (13.13) and 11th in the quarterfinal (12.92). Perry is running with a heavily bandaged left hamstring. She suffered an injury in May at the Modesto Relays. All three women will run in the semifinal on Sunday, with the final also being held later on Sunday afternoon.

In the quarterfinal round of the women's 200m, alum Hasani Roesby placed 23rd in a time of 23.81.

In the men's high hurdles, senior-to-be Kevin Craddock rebounded from his groin injury which occurred the week before NCAA's (and subsequently hindered his success at Nationals) and advanced to the semifinal round on Sunday. Craddock raced to a wind-aided lifetime-best of 13.41 in the prelim round for the ninth-fastest time of the day. He then recorded a time of 13.58 in the quarterfinal round (15th overall) to advance to the next round. He will run on Sunday with the hopes of making the final of the hurdles, which is also on Sunday.

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