Friday, July 4, 2008

Olympic Trials day 5 recap...

EUGENE--Reigning 1500 meter world champion Bernard Lagat (wearing hip 6/photo by Paul Merca) qualified easily for Friday’s semifinal round of the men’s 1500 meter run, as he finished fourth in his heat in a time of 3:42.11, 1/100th of a second behind former Auburn High standout and 2005 World Championship team member Chris Lukezic (wearing hip 4 in photo).

In another heat, Shelton HS graduate Andy McClary, who attends the University of Arkansas, was a time qualifier for Friday’s semifinals, running 3:45.40 to finish eighth, while in the first heat, Auburn-Riverside grad Jordan McNamara, who led for most of the race faded to 10th in 3:49.61.

In the highly touted women’s 1500, Huskies Michelle Turner, Katie Follett, and incoming freshman Christine Babcock all advanced to Friday’s semifinals.

Turner had the highest finish of the group, taking sixth in heat No. 3 in a time of 4:18.79. In the second heat, Follett ran 4:19.00 to finish 8th and advanced to the semis based on her time.

Babcock (wearing hip 3/photo by Paul Merca), a senior at Woodbridge High School in Irvine, Calif., actually posted the fastest time among UW entrants, finishing 7th in the first heat in a time of 4:18.32.

Last year’s NCAA 1500 meter champ, Brie Felnagle, formerly from Bellarmine Prep HS in Tacoma, failed to finish.

Kate Conwell tied for 13th in the pole vault qualifying, but didn't advance, as she only cleard 13-5 1/4.

Marysville-Pilchuck grad Jarred Rome had the top discus throw in the qualifying round of 206-10 (63.05m).

Washington State junior Matt Lamb threw the second-best distance in the men's discus qualifying round with Cougar alum Ian Waltz third in the prelims.

Lamb, who missed the collegiate season with back problems, threw a personal-record of 204-feet, 7 inches (62.36m) on his second of three throws in the qualifying round. Former Coug Ian Waltz tossed the discus a distance of 204-3 (62.25m) on his opening throw and then passed on the next two attempts.

Conwell's husband Will made the finals of the discus, throwing 197-3 to finish ninth in qualifying. UW assistant coach Reedus Thurmond, whose wife Aretha won the women's discus earlier in the meet, threw 188-4, and didn't advance.

In the men’s high jump, Washington State’s Trent Arrivey missed qualifying, as he cleared 7-0 1/2. The Huskies’ Norris Frederick did not start the competition.

In the women’s hammer throw, Brittany Hinchcliffe (Capital HS/Olympia) was the only Washington-affiliated woman to advance to Saturday’s finals, as she finished ninth in qualifying, throwing 214-8.

Britney Henry of Spokane threw 207-0; Washington State’s McKenzie Garberg threw 200-7; Vanessa Wilhelm, formerly of Crescent HS in Joyce, and Kate Burton, formerly from Clark CC & Evergreen HS threw identical marks of 194-6.

For complete results of Thursday’s Olympic Trials competition, click here, follow the date, and click on the event title.

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