Thurmond Makes Yet Another Team USA
Three-time Olympian Aretha Thurmond will soon be a four-time World Championships participant as well, as the Husky legend placed second in the discus throw at the USA Track & Field Championships last night at Hayward Field in Eugene. Though Thurmond fell just short of a fifth national championship, she did secure a spot on Team USA for the 2009 World Outdoor Championships held August 15-23 in Berlin.
Thurmond placed 10th in the discus at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Last night her best throw came on her final attempt, as she tossed the disc 205-feet and 1-inch.
In other action last night, two-time NCAA 800-meter champion Ryan Brown advanced through the first round of competition with a second-place finish in the second of four heats. Brown's time of 1:48.17 was fifth-fastest in the field of 36. He will run in the semis tonight at 6:10 p.m. in a race that will be televised live on ESPN. The network will broadcast from 5-7 p.m. tonight.
Additional Huskies in action included senior-to-be Katie Follett, who ran a season-best 4:17.70 in the 1,500-meters but did not advance. She placed 16th overall. Recent grad Austin Abbott was fourth in his heat in the men's 1,500-meters, but his was the slowest overall heat and none but the two auto qualifiers moved on out of his section. Abbott was 28th overall in 3:46.82.
Former Husky Justin St. Clair was 18th in the javelin throw, while recent grad Jordan Boase was unable to advance in the 400-meter dash, and 2006 grad Mike Sayenko did not finish in the men's 10,000-meters.
Highlighting today's action is Pac-10 record-holder Mel Lawrenec in the women's steeplechase. Having just finished her redshirt freshman season, Lawrence has the sixth-fastest time this year by an American woman. She'll run at 7:20 tonight.
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