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U.S. Olympic Trials: Past, present Pac-12 track & field athletes in contention for Rio

Jul 3, 2016
TrackTown USA

EUGENE, Ore. – Thousands of athletes and fans have descended upon Eugene, Oregon this week for the 2016 United State Olympic Team Track & Field Trials. Nearly 150 of those athletes hail from the Conference of Champions.

Counting both current student-athletes or alumni, the Pac-12 sent at least one athlete to contend for a spot on the United States Olympic team in nearly every track and field event.

After the first two days, consisting mostly of qualifying rounds, many of these Pac-12 athletes’ Olympic dream is still alive.

Oregon alumnus Galen Rupp got things going for the conference, taking the men’s 10,000m title on Friday night in 27:55.04. He has already qualified to compete at the Olympic Games in the marathon, and isn’t done yet.

“I plan to come back and try to qualify for the 5,000 meter [run],” said Rupp in a press conference following his race.

Also among the 10,000m finishers was a pair of Cardinal. Stanford’s Chris Derrick and Jacob Riley finished fifth and 12th, respectively.

On the field Friday night, the Sun Devils were represented by Ryan Whiting, who finished fourth in the men’s shot put, and Jordan Clarke, who finished ninth in the men’s shot put.

In addition to those men, Friday night saw 18 Pac-12 athletes make it through to either the semifinal or final round of their respective events.

Survive and advance was also the name of the game during Saturday's competition. Fourteen athletes who made it beyond the day's qualifying rounds are current or former Pac-12 athletes.

The most notable event was the women’s 100m. Of the 21 athletes who made it to Sunday’s semifinal round, six are from the Conference of Champions – and all six are Oregon Ducks.

Oregon alumnae English Gardner, Jasmine Todd, Jenna Prandini and Mandy White all moved on to the semifinal, as did current Ducks Ariana Washington and Deajah Stevens.

In Saturday's women’s discus finals, Stanford’s Valarie Allman placed sixth, Arizona’s Rachel Varner finished in ninth pace, USC’s Tera Novy placed 11th and Arizona State’s Maggie Ewen placed 12th.

In the women’s 10,000m final, Colorado’s Laura Thweatt took fifth place, Oregon’s Jordan Hasay finished ninth and California’s Chelsea Sodaro finished 19th.

The long jump also had its final round today. Pac-12 champion Kylie Price of UCLA finished eighth in the competition. Oregon’s Jasmine Todd finished 12th.

Sunday's final events with Pac-12 athletes participating will be the women’s high jump, men’s long jump, women’s 400m, men’s 400m, the decathlon, the women’s 100m and the men’s 100m.

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