Saturday, July 5, 2008

Olympic Trials day 7 preview...

EUGENE--As the US Olympic Team Trials-Track & Field roars to the climactic final two days of competition, the short hurdlers take center stage, led by defending national champion Ginnie Powell, formerly from Rainier Beach High School in south Seattle.

Powell, who finished fifth in last year’s world championships in Osaka, looks to make her first Olympic team in one of the most unpredictable events.

Powell has not raced much in the lead-up to the Trials, and will face a formidable group of talented hurdlers, including defending Olympic champ Joanna Hayes, world indoor champion LoLo Jones, and two-time world champion Michelle Perry.

Former University of Washington hurdler Ashley Lodree will also compete in the women’s 100 meter hurdles.

A pair of former Cougars, led by American record holder Dominique Arnold, and Arend Watkins, will do battle in the men’s 110 meter high hurdles at 11:25 am.

Arnold’s 2007 season came to a screeching halt at the world championships in Osaka, where he was forced to withdraw with an injury suffered shortly before the first round of his event.

All four hurdlers will run a first round in the morning, then finish with a quarter-final round two hours later.

Saturday’s competition gets underway at 7 am with the men’s 20-kilometer walk, featuring Shorecrest HS and Western Washington graduate Allen James, a two-time Olympian, who was the dominant American race walker of the 1990s, and is making a comeback after retiring from full-time competition in 1997.

On the field, Brittany Hinchcliffe, formerly from Capital HS in Olympia, will throw in the finals of the women’s hammer throw at 1:10 pm.

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

Saturday, July 5, 2008

7:00 20 kilometer race walk men
Allen James (Shorecrest HS/Western Washington)

11:00 100m Hurdles women qualifying (32)
GINNIE POWELL (Rainier Beach HS)
Ashley Lodree (Univ. of Washington)

11:25 110m Hurdles men qualifying (32)

1:10 Hammer Throw women final
Brittany Hinchcliffe (Capital HS/Olympia)

1:15 100m Hurdles women quarterfinal
Ashley Lodree

1:45 110m Hurdles men quarterfinal

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