Three Huskies Advance At Olympic Trials
June 22, 2012
U.S. TRACK & FIELD OLYMPIC TRIALS
EUGENE, Ore. - The U.S. Olympic Trials hit full swing today at Oregon's Hayward Field, and despite steady downpours all evening, the action did not disappoint. Several Huskies began their Trials in action today, with some dramatic moments including a do-or-die final jump that got Norris Frederick through to Sunday's final.
Frederick, the nine-time All-American and 2008 grad, was sitting in 18th-place through two rounds with only one jump remaining. He'd need a top-12 finish to keep his Olympic dreams alive. Frederick came through in the clutch, improving by more than a foot to 25-8 ¾. That wound up fourth overall and puts Frederick into the final.
Three-time Olympian Aretha Thurmond also had a big round three performance, though she was in a safer spot going in. Still, Thurmond had a big third toss, throwing the discus 197-feet, 6-inches, which was the second-best mark of the day and puts the former U.S. Champion into Sunday's final.
First Husky alum on the track was 2009 grad and former Pac-10 Champion Jordan Boase. Running in the fourth of four heats, Boase was fifth, but in a solid time of 45.95 seconds. That wound up being one of the four time qualifiers, as Boase advanced through to tomorrow's semifinals.
Marathon standout Mike Sayenko dropped down a bit to run in the 10,000-meters final tonight, but fell off the pace after several laps. The 2006 grad wound up 22nd overall in a time of 29:18.57.
The rain caused a postponement in the women's pole vault, where junior Logan Miller was scheduled to compete today. All the women in that event will proceed into the final, also held Sunday.
Saturday's action includes Boase in the 400-meter semifinals, and current junior Shaniae Lakes in the women's triple jump.