Saturday, July 5, 2008

Olympic Trials day 6 recap...

EUGENE--Bernard Lagat inched closer to a second position on the US Olympic team as he won his semifinal race in the men’s 1500 Friday night at Hayward Field.

As he’s done in all of his previous races at the Trials, the former Washington State University All-American stayed out of trouble during the early part of the race, and used his superior foot speed and tactical know-how during the last lap, shooting through a gap in the last 150 to ensure the victory in a modest 3:43.83.

In the same heat, Shelton High grad Andy McClary garnered the final spot to Sunday’s finals by finishing sixth in 3:44.29.

McClary appeared to shove fifth place finisher Alan Webb after the pair crossed the finish line, possibly upset at the line Webb ran to the finish.

In the other semifinal of the men’s 1500, Auburn HS grad Chris Lukezic earned a spot in Sunday’s finals by finishing fourth in 3:40.50.

Incoming UW freshman Christine Babcock from Woodbridge HS in Irvine, California finished ninth in heat two of the women’s 1500, running 4:20.00. In the same race, Babcock lost her national high school record to fellow Californian Jordan Hasay, who ran 4:14.50 to finish fifth in the heat.

Current Huskies Katie Follett (4;22.60), and Michelle Turner (4:30.59) finished 11th and 12th, respectively.

In the men’s 200, Husky Jordan Boase withdrew from the competition before the start of his first round heat, due to a blister on his foot picked up during the 400 earlier in the week.

In the men’s 10000, University of Portland teammates Michael Kilburg (above left/photo by Paul Merca), formerly from O’Dea HS finished 20th in 29:26.76, while John Moore from Olympia finished 21st in 29:26.79.

On the field, former Eastern Washington standout David Paul finished 11th in the hammer throw with a distance of 218-8.

In the men’s javelin, Washington State’s Jon Jeffreys qualified for the finals on Sunday, throwing 230-9. Former Spokane CC thrower Shae Murray missed qualifying by one position, finishing 13th overall with a mark of 228-3. Spokane CC coach Ryan Weidman finished 19th, throwing 218-8.

In the men’s triple jump, former Thomas Jefferson HS standout Kyle Jenkins earned the final spot for the finals on Sunday, jumping 52-4 1/2.

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

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