U.S. Olympic track and field trials: State connections
A look at how athletes with Washington connections fared in the U.S. Olympic track and field trials Friday in Eugene, Ore.: Aretha (Hill (Hill) Thurmond:...
A look at how athletes with Washington connections fared in the U.S. Olympic track and field trials Friday in Eugene, Ore.:
Aretha (Hill) Thurmond: The former Washington discus thrower, now training at Auburn University, threw 197-6 on a rainy afternoon to qualify for Sunday's final.
"This is just a day of overcoming the obstacles," said Thurmond, referring to a moderate, but steady, rain. "I think it just took us a few rounds to get comfortable in the conditions."
Thurmond's round reflected that. She threw 184-9, followed with 188-1, then had her best throw on the third attempt.
"It felt good," said Thurmond. "It felt like enough to get me through to Sunday."
Thurmond's mark was the second-best of the day, trailing the 206-2 of Stephanie Brown Trafton.
Jordan Boase: The former UW quarter miler ducked under the necessary qualifying time and made it through to the semifinals, clocking 45.95 to finish fifth in the fastest heat of the 400. Boase had a difficult lane assignment, running in lane eight in a persistent rain.
Joe Abbott: Washington State half-miler ran 1:48.16 and failed to qualify for the semifinals. Abbott was fourth in his heat, with the top three in each qualifying, plus the four next-best times. Abbott started strongly, dropped well back in the pack after 500 meters, then tried to surge around the final turn, but came up short. K.D. Robinson won the heat in 1:47.30.
Ginnie Powell-Crawford: Former Rainier Beach and USC competitor ran 12.89, finishing second in her heat and qualifying for Saturday's women's 100-meter hurdles final. The marks were tightly bunched in that event, auguring a competitive final in which Crawford will try to make her first Olympic team., ex-Rainier Beach HS: women's 100-meter hurdles qualifying.
Norris Frederick: Ex-Washington long jumper qualified easily in the men's long jump, leaping 25-8 ¾. The final is Sunday.
Chris Randolph: Former Seattle Pacific athlete is 14th in the decathlon with 3,708 points, 227 points out of 10th place.
Bryan Clay: Athlete who occasionally trains in Seattle is third in the decathlon with 4,252 points.
Mike Sayenko: Former Washington runner finished 22nd in the men's 10,000-meter final, clocking 29:18.57.