Friday, June 27, 2008

Olympic Trials day 1 recap...

EUGENE--Pole vaulter Brad Walker was one and done, as the reigning world outdoor pole vault champion took one jump at 18-4 1/2 to easily advance to Sunday’s finals in his specialty.

“I wanted to jump tonight and take as few jumps as possible,” the former University of Washington standout said to a group of reporters in the mixed zone.

Other impressive performances tonight included 400 meter hurdler Jeshua Anderson from Washington State University, as the freshman won his heat, beating 2000 Olympic gold medalist Angelo Taylor, and last year’s world champion, Kerron Clement. Anderson won his heat in a time of 49.05, the fastest time of the night.

Former Washington State standout Diana Pickler stands in second place in the seven-event heptathlon with a score of 3750, behind current leader Hyleas Fountain’s score of 3989 points.

Reigning world champ Bernard Lagat easily advanced to Monday’s final in the 5000, placing third in a time of 13:54.93.

Two former Huskies, Aretha Thurmond, and Cecelia Barnes advanced in discus qualifying, throwing 201-1, and 176-8, respectively.

Another former Husky, Ryan Brown, ran 1:49.20 for a second place finish in heat two of the men’s 800 to advance to the next round.

In the men’s long jump, Norris Frederick of the University of Washington ended his collegiate career by missing the final by two places, only jumping 25-2. Elvie Williams of the University of Idaho, by way of Spanaway Lake HS, jumped 24-4 1/2.

Results of today’s competition is available by clicking here, then clicking on the event title.

No comments:

Blog Archive