Stanford Distance Runners Impress On Day 6 Of Olympic Trials

July 4, 2008

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    Eugene, Ore.- The Stanford distance program was on display at day 6 of the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. The Cardinal were led by Gabe Jennings who won his heat of the men's 1,500 meters and enters tomorrow's final as the top seed.

    Jennings, a 2000 U.S. Olympian in Sydney will look to return to the Games for a second time. His time of 3:40.07 was good enough to win his semi-final heat and enter Sunday's final as the top seed.

    Also competing in the semi-finals of the men's 1,500 meters were 2004 Olympian Grant Robison and current Stanford standouts Russell Brown and Garrett Heath. However, none of the trio advanced to the final. Heath was 21st with a time of 3:45.99, Robison was 22nd with a time of 3:46.08, and Brown was 23rd with a time of 3:46.89.

    In the 10,000 meters former Stanford stars Brett Gotcher and Louis Luchini made their attempt at the Olympic team. However, neither will make the trip to Beijing after Gotcher finished 17th with a time of 28:59.89 and Luchini finished 23rd with a time of 29:42.78.

    For the women Sara Hall advanced to the final of the 1,500 meters when she finished fourth in her semi-final heat. Hall will run in Sunday's final as the seventh seed after finishing with a time of 4:12.89.

    In the 5,000 meters former Stanford stars Lauren Fleshman and Arianna Lambie narrowly missed making their first Olympic team. Needing to finish in the top-3, Fleshman finished fifth with a time of 15:23.18, while Lambie finished sixth with a time of 15:29.99. Teresa McWalters also competed in the event, finishing 15th with a time of 16:09.44.

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