Northwest throwers lead discus
Jarred Rome of Marysville, Ian Waltz, who attended Washington State, and Will Conwell, former Kentwood and Washington graduate, went 3-5-7 to ease into Thursday's discus final.
Seattle Times staff reporter
EUGENE, Ore. — The men's discus qualifying had a distinctly Northwest flavor Monday at the Olympic track trials. And the team that makes it to London on Thursday evening could, too.
Jarred Rome, Ian Waltz and Will Conwell went 3-5-7 to ease into the final. Rome is a 1995 Marysville High grad who competed at Boise State, Waltz is a two-time Olympian who went to Washington State, and Conwell is the Kentwood High product who originally came to the UW on a football scholarship before turning to track.
Oh yes, and the second-place qualifier was Russ Winger, a Coloradoan who attended Idaho.
It was another rainy afternoon here, bringing with it an element of uncertainty for the throwers.
"I was pretty nervous," said Rome, who nevertheless had a healthy throw of 202 feet, 11 inches. "When it's raining, it changes the whole game."
Waltz, who trains with Rome in San Diego, also was wary of the wetness but threw 201-1, and expects big things if the ring is dry Thursday.
"The last couple of weeks have been awesome in practice," he said.
Conwell, 29, was sixth in the 2008 Olympic trials, but 2 ½ years ago, made the commitment to move to Auburn, Ala., for a concerted effort at making the 2012 Games.
Conwell threw 198-10 on his first throw and it was easily enough.
"I didn't build on it, so I've got more in there," Conwell said optimistically. "I'm gonna refine in the next two days, come out Thursday — and win this thing."
In men's pole vault, ex-UW competitors Brad Walker each cleared 17-8 ½ to advance, though for Roth, it wasn't exactly routine. On his second attempt at his opening height on the double-runway setup, one of the officials adjusting a bar "brought it around as I was running by. It came pretty close to me. They were really gracious and gave me another attempt." Roth converted that one.
• Bernard Lagat, the former Washington State star and a two-time Olympic medalist, qualified second in the men's 5,000 meters in 13:42.83.
• In the javelin final, Sam Humphreys earned a win but not a spot on the team. His best throw of 268-7 failed to meet the required "A" standard. Same with runner-up Sam Crouser.
So that means Craig Kinsley, Sean Furey and Cyrus Hostetler will represent the team — the third-, fourth- and fifth-place finishers.
• Jamie Nieto finished first in the high jump at 7-5 ¾.
• Alysia Montano won the women's 800.
• The trials will now take a two-day break, with the third-place tie between Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh in the women's 100 meters still hanging over the competition.
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