Sunday, June 29, 2008

Olympic Trials Monday (day 4) preview...

EUGENE--Reigning world champion Bernard Lagat begins his quest for his first Olympic team as an American citizen, as the former Washington State Cougar runs in the finals of the 5000 meters Monday night at 9:40 pm to highlight day four of the US Olympic Trials.

In other action, former Skyview of Vancouver thrower Kara Patterson, only one of two women holding the all-important Olympic Games A standard, looks to cement her spot on the plane to Beijing. She will be in a field that included her former Purdue teammate Lindsey Blaine, the 2007 NCAA champion, who attended Lyle High School, east and across the Columbia River from Hood River, Oregon.

Day two of the decathlon gets under way at 11:30 am, as Rickey Moody and Chris Randolph are in sixth and 13th place respectively.

In the hammer, Shelton High School grad Nick Owens, Eastern Washington grad David Paul, and Capital High grad Adam Midles look to qualify for Friday night’s finals.

400 meter runner Jordan Boase finished third in Sunday’s first round of the men’s 400, running 46.31, and looks to advance to the finals on Thursday night.

University of Washington assistant coach Kelly Strong runs in the semifinals of the women’s 3000 meter steeplechase at 7:40 pm.

Here’s the complete schedule of athletes competing on Monday with their Washington connection, and the link to Monday’s start lists:

Monday, June 30, 2008

11:30 a.m. Day 2 men decathlon
Chris Randolph (Seattle Pacific/Club Northwest)
Rickey Moody (Washington State University/Puyallup)

7:00 Hammer Throw men qualifying
Nick Owens (Shelton HS)
David Paul (Eastern Washington)
Adam Midles (Capital HS/Olympia)

7:25 400m men semifinal
JORDAN BOASE (University of Washington/Bothell HS)

7:40 3000m Steeplechase women semifinal
Kelly Strong (UW assistant coach)

8:20 Javelin Throw women final
KARA PATTERSON (Skyview HS/Vancouver)
Lindsey Blaine (Lyle High School)

9:40 5000m men final
BERNARD LAGAT (Washington State)

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