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Here's a listing of all the current and former Tigers that will have connections to the USA Olympic Track & Field Trials:

Collegians
Name Year Event Hometown Status Qualifying Finals
Krishna Lee Jr. Women's Shot Put Kansas City, Mo. Accepted Thu, July 3 Sat, July 5
Jason Morris Sr. Men's Hammer Throw St. Louis, Mo. Accepted Mon, June 30 Fri, July 4
Trisa Nickoley Sr. Women's 800m Run Tecumseh, Kan. Accepted QF: Fri 27, SF: Sat 28 Mon, July 30
Chris Rohr Jr. Men's Hammer Throw Lee's Summit, Mo. Accepted Mon, June 30 Fri, July 4
Post-Collegians
Name Year Event Hometown Status Qualifying Finals
Fiona Asigbee '03 Women's Heptathlon Walford, Iowa Accepted
Fri-Sat, June 27-28
Amanda Bales '06 Women's 1500m Run Bettendorf, Iowa Pending QF: Thu 3, SF: Fri 4 Sun, July 6
Serena Burla (Ramsey) '06 Women's 10,000m Run Waukesha, Wis. Accepted -- Fri, June 27
Christian Cantwell '03 Men's Shot Put Eldon, Mo. Accepted Fri, June 27 Sat, June 28
Neville Miller '06 Men's 800m Run St. Louis, Mo. Accepted QF: Fri 27, SF: Sat 28 Mon, July 30

Click HERE for a day-by-day schedule of events

NOTE: Official listings of the final fields are expected to be released by the USATF somewhere between 24 to 48 hours before an individual event begins. To check the list of entrants, click HERE.

Updated Mon., June 30, at 1:22 pm (PT) by Tom Lewis (top)


 

Day 4 - News & Updates

8:50pm: Morris threw 64.37m (211-2) in the second flight ... it took 67.42m (221-2) to make the final. ... this does it for the blog tonight ... tune back in Thursday for coverage of Krishna Lee's run in the women's shot.

7:45pm: The first flight of men's hammer qualifying has completed. Tiger Chris Rohr (Lee's Summit, Mo.) placed 10th in his 12-man flight with his best coming on his final attempt, to jump from 11th, with a 65.85m (216-0) mark. Jason Morris throws in the second flight, which will begin in about 15 minutes.

1:26pm: Hello all once again. Sorry you haven't heard from us from a while, but we were on a little break. We were hoping Nick Adcock was going to be accepted into the field for the start of yesterday's decathlon, but it wasn't to be, so we really didn't have anything to report. Don't worry, Nick never made the intial trip to Eugene, so we didn't have to "turn the plane around" or anything.

TODAY: So, today two Tigers take to the ring in the men's hammer throw qualifying round. Junior Chris Rohr (Lee's Summit, Mo.) and senior Jason Morris (St. Louis, Mo.) will attempt to be in the top 12 by the end of the night to qualify for Friday's final. Rohr took away Morris' school record a couple weekends ago at the USATF Ozark Association Championships to garner a top-12 seed mark of 69.90m (229-4). Morris had his PR of 68.41m (224-5) at the NCAA Mideast Regional a month ago. We'll give updates after flight one for Rohr's group, then a summation after Morris' flight two.

YESTERDAY: Christian Cantwell was featured at the Nike tent in the festival area yesterday as part of their "Hardest Team to Make" series. For about an hour, Cantwell signed autographs for a long line of supporters. We have some pictures from the event in the PHOTO GALLERY. Watching Tyson Gay's 9.68 run in the 100-meter final was thrilling. Chills ran through everyone's spine until we noticed the wind gauge ... 4.1! (that's meters per second) ... twice as much as allowed to be a meet record ... darn. But, still impressive to see the fastest time ever run, in any conditions and for Florida State's Walter Dix to run 9.80 ... and, yes, running 9.84 was not enough to make the Olympic team ... Nike's Hardest Team to Make campaign is right on.

NEXT FEW DAYS: Tuesday and Wednesday are meet "rest days" before action picks up with Day 5 on Thursday. Wednesday a large group, including your correspondent, from Missouri plans on whitewater rafting down the McKenzie River

 

Here's the start list for the hammer throw tonight ...

Men Hammer Throw
===============================================================================
           Name                        Year Team              Seed Mark    Prelims
===============================================================================
Flight 1  Prelims
  1    353 Arnaldo Cueto                    unattached           68.50m
  2   1002 James Parker                     unattached           71.19m
  3    707 Kibwe Johnson                    New York A C         75.95m
  4    836 Michael Mai                      U.S. Army            74.84m
  5    848 Cory Martin                      Auburn               74.13m
  6    464 Wil Fleming                      unattached           69.67m
  7    752 Boldizsar Kocsor                 U C L A              69.92m
  8   1112 Chris Rohr                       Missouri             69.90m
  9    422 Jake Dunkleberger                Auburn               72.98m
 10   1339 Nicholas Welihozkiy              Pacific Bay T C      68.94m
 11    480 Thomas Freeman                   unattached           74.39m
 12   1038 Garland Porter                   unattached           68.92m
Flight 2  Prelims
  1    411 Jesse Doty                       Syracuse Charger     69.38m
  2    254 Christopher Bryce                unattached           68.56m
  3    974 Travis Nutter                    unattached           75.00m
  4    899 Adam Midles                      Team XO              69.57m
  5   1087 Brian Richotte                   unattached           68.97m
  6    762 A.G. Kruger                      Nike                 78.68m
  7    995 Nick Owens                       Shore A C            71.20m
  8    878 Kevin McMahon                    unattached           75.08m
  9    932 Jason Morris                     Missouri             68.41m
 10    829 Lucais MacKay                    unattached           72.95m
 11    174 Kevin Becker                     unattached           68.55m
 12   1009 David Paul                       unattached           70.00m

 

Posted Mon., June 30 by Tom Lewis (top)


 

Day 2 - News & Updates

5:38pm: SP, final round .... CANTWELL MAKES THE TEAM! ... improves on his final attempt to 21.31m (71-2.75), but doesn't pass Hoffa who is the Trials Champ..... he went 22.10m (72-6.25) on his final throw to improve ... final report on the hept in a few

5:30pm: SP, fifth round ... fireworks round ... Cantwell took the lead with a 21.24m (69-8.75) put, but was passed by Hoffa's 21.94m (71-11.75) ... they reorder the field and we go to the last round ... order now: Hoffa, Cantwell, Nelson, Taylor

5:24pm: SP, fourth round: Cantwell fouled wide left ... he now moves to fourth as Nelson putted one 20.89m (68-6.50) to move to second ... order now, Hoffa, Nelson, Taylor, Cantwell

5:14pm: SP, third round: Cantwell tossed 20.48m on his third to take sole possession of third because Nelson has two fouls to go with his 20.78m ... Hoffa extends lead to 69-4 (21.13m)

5:04pm: SP, second round: Cantwell fouled his second round attempt ... in a tie for third is Cantwell, Reese Hoffa threw 20.91m (68-7.25) to take the lead ... BTW, Tyson Gay broke the American Record in the 100m (9.77) in the quarterfinals of his race.

4:55pm: SP, first round: Cantwell threw 20.78m (68-3.75) and is in a tie with Adam Nelson for second ... current leader: Dan Taylor, formally of Ohio State, 20.80m, 68-3

4:43pm: Asigbee threw 36.74m (120-6) in the javelin and is now in sixth with 5,040 points, 24 behind Minnesota's Liz Roherig who is at 5,069 ... 800-meter run is slated for 5:24 ... shot put about ready to begin ...

4:28pm: Javelin just completed ... scores coming soon ... on another note, the first semifinal of the women's 800 looked like a stock-car race as four of the eight ladies fell as one person tripped in the first lap.

4:12pm: The second flight of the heptathlon javelin started about five minutes ago ... a revision in the scores after the long jump slipped Asigbee down to sixth place ... view the corrected spreadsheet HERE ... also, the big boys of the men's shot put stepped into the arena and will begin warmups soon ... again, 4:40 the start time of the shot, we'll try to give round-by-round updates.

3:02pm: Hept score update - Asigbee moved from seventh to fifth after the long jump, recording the sixth-best jump in the field. Fountain leads by 413 points, as Jacquelyn Johnson takes second at 4,708, and GiGi Johnson moves to third at 4,652. Asigbee trails Diana Pickler for fourth by 214 points. Next, the javelin, slated to start in 15 minutes or so. .... BTW, it's getting "midwest" hot here ... the muggy-ness is slowing creeping in, yesterday was "Arizona" hot, today, it's 110-in-the-shade hot.

2:51pm: Hept update - Asigbee lept to 5.99m (19-7¾) on her second attempt of the long jump. Also on the jump, Asigbee landed awkwardly as it appeared the knee aggravation continues. Asigbee is now 103 points off her PR pace with a five-event score of 4,435. It continues to be the Hyleas Fountain show as she had her fourth event PR with a leap of 22-6¾ (6.88m) and she now leads with 5,121 points. We'll know Asigbee's overall place soon.

11:58am: Top o' the morning! Or, top of the Noon hour. But, if you are in Columbia it's already 2 p.m. ... whatever. After a long day at the track yesterday, we are back at it for more today! This day will be much shorter in length, but much higher on the drama scale. Later tonight (or this afternoon for us current West Coast dwellers) we have the finals of the men's shot put featuring our Tiger Christian Cantwell. Lots o' hoopla has been following Cantwell throughout these last few days here in Eugene and he will be one of the focus points of the entire day when it comes to the 1,000 credentialed media in attendance. Also tonight is the final of the women's 100-meter dash. The qualifyifng rounds have been interesting and the final could have four or five vying for those top three spots.

TV Coverage: NBC (KOMU in Columbia), 7-8 p.m., central.

Today's Time Schedule: PACIFIC TIME (add two hours if you are in Missour-ah) ... Women's Heptathlon, 2:00p Long Jump, 3:20p Javelin, 5:24p 800m Run (LIVE on TV!) ... Men's Shot Put, 4:40p (LIVE on TV!) ... noteworthy: women's 100 final, 5:48p (LIVE on TV!)

Here's some links of interest:

Around the Venue
Trackshark.com's Tom Borish gives some snapshots of the venue as taken yesterday before the start of the event. In total over 26,000 people were on hand yesterday in either the stadium or in the festival area taking in the luster of the event.

Eugene Register-Guard Coverage
The local paper here in Eugene has been covering these trials wall-to-wall for the past several months, check out what they have to say about their hometown Super Bowl.

 

Posted Sat., June 28 by Tom Lewis (top)


 

Day 1 - In-progress Updates

ALL TIMES PACIFIC

10:02pm: The women's 10k has completed. Here are the final results ...

Finals
  1 Shalane Flanagan             Nike                  31:34.81S
  2 Kara Goucher                 Nike                  31:37.72
  3 Amy Begley                   Nike                  31:43.60

  8 Lisa Koll                    Iowa State            33:09.87
 16 Serena Burla                 RIADHA                33:40.40

  

Cantwell quotes about the shot put tonight ...thanks to my friends at USATF and the U. of Oregon ...

"There was no pressure, I've done this many times before."

"My plan was to just throw it out there, and come back and do the same thing tomorrow, when it really counts."

"What's going to happen is going to happen. You can have a bad day or a good day, but in the end someone has to win and someone has to lose. My hand is not too shaky, and I'm just going to get back out there tomorrow."

SIGNING OFF ... GOOD NIGHT!

9:39pm: Final compiled results from the men's shot put are in ... Cantwell had the third-longest, first-throw qualifer with his 20.82m (68-3¾). Adam Nelson tossed 21.03m (69-0) to have the longest qualifier. Reese Hoffa went 20.99m (68-10). The rest of the qualifers include Arizona State's Ryan Whiting, NCAA Champ Cory Martin of Auburn, Dan Taylor, Russ Winger of Idaho, Chris Figures, Noah Bryant formally of USC, Garett Johnson, the Rhodes Scholar from Florida State, Jamie Beyer, and Rhuben Williams.

9:36pm: The field is starting to spread. Nike's Shalane Flanagan took the lead and is part of a three-woman lead pack. Burla is about 100 meters back in 15th place, clocking 15:51 with 13 laps to go, nearly halfway through.

9:30pm: About 10.5 minutes into the race, Burla is bringing up the end of the lead pack of about 16, but is only 10 meters from the front. 17 laps to go.

9:22pm: The women's 10k is on the track. 2006 grad Serena Burla (Ramsey) is among the pack, no real sepearation through the first two laps.

9:02pm: Well, that was quick. Cantwell unleashed a 20.82m (68-3¾) put on his first attempt to call it one-and-done for the day, automatically qualifying for tomorrow's final. He won't throw again tonight.

8:56pm: The qualifying round of the men's shot put is about to begin. Christian Cantwell is in the near ring (just imagine) with Reese Hoffa, Dan Taylor, and Idaho's Russ Winger, among others. The top 12 between both rings (that go simultanously) will advance to tomorrow's final. Also, putters can auto qualify for the finals by tossing 67-7 (20.60m) in any of their three attempts.

8:33pm: Former Tiger Neville Miller placed sixth in his heat and clocked 1:48.52 in a tightly-compact heat. Miller, in the No. 1 position, started the most inside towards the rail. The sprint to the break line was between Miller and Texas' Jacob Hernandez and they split the difference at the 200-meter mark. Coming through at 53.41, the heat was still too close to call with several in the hunt. As time went along, Miller drifted from the front half of the main pack to the back half and had to fight his way around the final turn, out wide to find that he had to outsprint Oregon's Andrew Wheating for a top-four automatically-qualifying spots. Miller came a half second from a time-qualifying ticket to the semifinals and will finish 18th overall in the trials.

8:15pm: Tiger senior Trisa Nickoley (Tecumseh, Kan.) took sixth in her heat and clocked a 2:05.83, just six tenths of a second from fourth and the final automatic qualifying spot. All but one of the four time qualifiers came from a very fast first heat where the top seven placers clocked sub-2:05s. The last time qualifier came from the second heat (2:05.10) from Western Michigan's Becky Horn. Nickoley's final place at the trials will be 19th of 30.

7:36pm: Sorry for the delay. A man must eat. Asigbee finished the day with the 200-meters, clocking 24.95 and fell back to seventh overall with 3,589 points. Despite the 200, Asigbee remains only 31 points off her day one PR of 3,620. Asigbee said afterwards that the brusitis in her knee made the day difficult. She went on to say that the high jump was a blessing and the shot put was a pleasant surprise to what was a challenging day. Hyleas Fountain had another PR in the 200, and closed day one with a commanding lead, scoring 3,989. Diana Pickler is in second with 3,750. Jacquelyn Johnson stays third at 3,717. Asigbee was passed by Michigan's Bettie Wade and Minnesota's Liz Roehrig after the 200. ...... coming up at 8 pm, the quarterfinals of the 800 meter run.

5:33pm: During the Opening Ceremony, the 1980 U.S. Track & Field Olympic team was honored as the marched down the track. The 1980 bunch was the part of the last trials in Eugene prior to the 28-year break. And, of course, the U.S. boycotted those Moscow games. Among that group was Tiger Nat Page, who took second in the high jump with a 7-3¾ in the 1980 trials and would have been at those Moscow games his senior year at Mizzou. Page was also the 1977 U.S. Champion as a FRESHMAN (!) at Mizzou and won an NCAA Championship in the event in 1979. Page is currently the head coach at Georgia Tech.

4:46pm: After three events, Asigbee moves to fifth overall with 2,698 points. Next will be the 200-meter dash, the final event of the day, scheduled for 6 p.m. ... Fountain stays as the leader at 2,941, and expanded her lead with a three-foot PR (44-10) in the shot that bested everyone else in the field .... Jacquelyn Johnson moved up to second at 2,782 ... Diana Pickler is third at 2,780. Bettie Wade of Michigan has 2,720 points, 22 ahead of Asigbee.

4:32pm: On her first throw in the shot put, Asigbee threw a lifetime-best of 13.16m (43-2) to score 738 more points to go to 2,698 points overall after three events, bettering her "PR pace" by 15 points. Final compiled results and standings coming soon.

4:03pm: Shot put will be the next event in the heptathlon. After two events, Asigbee sits in sixth place overall with 1,960 points. Hyleas Fountain lept to 5-11¼ to keep the overall lead with 2,169 points. Diana Pickler is second at 2,134 ... Jacquelyn Johnson is third at 2,059.

3:00pm: Asigbee missed at 1.81m, and only three remain going to the next bar at 1.84m. Asigbee scored 953 points in the high jump to go to 1,960 through two events, which is four more points (1,956) better than her "PR pace".

2:56pm: The bar in Asigbee's pit is now at 1.81m (5-11¼), and Asibgee has missed twice. Should Asigbee make on her final attempt, the bar will go to 1.84m (6-½) which would equal her personal best.

2:29pm: Asigbee clears two more heights, now the best at 1.72m (5-7¾) ... at 1.69m, she needed all three attempts, but at 1.72m, Asigbee made on her first try. GiGi Johnson and Lela Nelson failed to clear 1.69 and will take just 806 points.

2:09pm: Three more clean clearances for Asigbee, the latest 1.66m (5-5¼). The wind out of the north is picking up, Asigbee had to wait on her latest attempt as the bar was dropped because of the wind.

1:58pm: Asigbee in the best seeded of the two pits cleared the opening height of 1.57m (5-1¾) without any problems. Every 10-15 minutes or so we'll update the status of the women's heptathlon, high jump. Asigbee's PR is just over six feet.

1:33pm: Sad to downgrade the possible entry of Nick Adcock from "on the bubble" to unlikely, as the USATF placed on their website 18 names that have been accepted into the men's decathlon. Should a scratch occur, Nick would be the next one in. That event begins in 48 hours though.

1:29pm: Warmups for the heptathlon high jump are underway, that event will get started around 1:50. Asigbee's run in the hurdles puts her ninth after the one event. Hyleas Fountain, formally of Georgia, ran a would-be American heptathlon record with a 12.65 clocking (wind was 2.8 m/s). In the same heat, most everyone took advantage of the aiding wind with PR runs. Gigi Johnson is currently second at 1,150 (12.83), Arizona State's Jacquelyn Johnson is third at 1,106 (13.12). Follow the full heptathlon "spreadsheet" HERE.

1:04pm: Asigbee, running in the first section, clocked 13.80 in the 100-meter hurdles for 1,007 points. Her "PR pace" from the 2006 USATF Championships in Indy was 1,033 points (13.57) after one event. More on her standing among the field next.

12:44 pm: Welcome to Hayward Field! Weather couldn't be better. Temps in the low 80s, low humidity, and plenty of sunshine. Match that with the hills full of pine trees that line the west of the stadium and you have one beautiful scene. At 1 o'clock, the women's heptathlon will begin, featuring former Tiger Fiona Asigbee ('03). They are warming up for the hurdles as we speak.

 

Posted Fri, June 27 by Tom Lewis (top)


 

Day 1 - Preview & Notes

The first of eight days of the U.S. Olympic Trials may well be the busiest for current and former Tigers as no less than five will compete Friday.

Familiar Weather: The forecast for today ... Hot and Sunny. High of 90. But, low humidity, at least until Sunday. Temps in Eugene in late June is supposed to average around 76, like yesterday that was amazingly beautiful.

Today's TV: The USA Network will provide live coverage and some anthology pieces between 11 p.m. and Midnight, central. Check it out!

Women's Heptathlon (all day)

The first event to be contested at these trials will be the running of the 100-meter hurdles in the women's heptathlon at 1 p.m., local. Former Tiger Fiona Asigbee, who has twice finished third at past USATF Championships in the event, will traverse through four events today, including the hurdles, high jump, shot put, and 200-meter dash.

Asigbee's best scoring events are the first two, the hurdles and the high jump. Traditionally in the heptathlon, the main contenders make themselves known after only the first two events.  Tomorrow, the long jump is also a strong event for Asigbee. The javelin and 800-meter run will round out the seven-event fun Saturday. The 800 meters will most likely be seen live in NBC's television window, which runs from 7 to 8 p.m., central. Tune in!

The top seed are held by Arizona State's Jacquelyn Johnson who scored 6,276 points earlier this season at the Pac-10 Championships. Diana Pickler, formally of Washington State, holds the second seed at 6,205. Hyleas Fountain holds the third seed at 6,090, but has a personal best from 2005 of 6,502.

We'll try to send out an update on Asigbee and the rest of the field after each event.

Women's 800m Run (quarterfinals, 8 p.m. PT)

The first current Tiger at the start line will be Trisa Nickoley who just completed her senior year. Nickoley won three indoor Big 12 titles at 800 meters and earned All-America honors in placing seventh at this year's NCAA Indoor Championships.

Nickoley's personal best of 2:04.07 came from being just a place short of qualifying for the finals at the 2007 USATF Championships.

Former Lady Vols, Alice Schmidt and Hazel Clark have the fastest seed times as two of five with seeds less than two minutes. Cal's Alysia Johnson, Katie Waits, and Nicole Teter all have run under two in the last two years.

With a starting field of 30, 16 from the quarterfinals, the top four from each of the three heats plus the four next fastest times, will advance to the semifinals. Nickoley drew the third, and final, heat and will run against a mostly collegiate field, including Michigan's Genna Gall, Cal's Johnson, and Texas' Temeka Kincy. Nickoley outsprinted Kincy for the title at the Big 12 Indoor Championships earlier this year.

Men's 800m Run (quarterfinals, 8:20 p.m. PT)

Meteorologist Neville Miller will be next on the track in the qualifying rounds of the men's 800. Miller, who just accepted a new job in South Carolina, is, as Columbia Daily Tribune's Steve Walentik put it, at a crossroads. (Links to Steve's story below and in Neville's bio).

Miller, who runs for the N.Y. Athletic Club, has a personal best of 1:47.08 from last year's USATF Championships and was this year's Drake Relays Champion.

Khadevis Robinson (1:44.27), Nick Symmonds (1:44.54) and former Texas Tech Red Raider Jonathan Johnson (1:44.69) has the top seeds going in. Johnson and Robinson qualified for the 2004 Olympics along with Tiger coach Derrick Peterson.

With a starting field of 30, 16 from the quarterfinals, the top four from each of the three heats plus the four next fastest times, will advance to the semifinals. Miller drew the third heat, as well, along with Oregon's Andrew Wheating, long-time pro David Krummenacker, Texas' Jacob Hernandez, and former K-Stater Christian Smith.

Men's Shot Put (qualifying round, 9:00 p.m PT)

Now to the shot put. Lots of build-up and anticipation has surrounded Christian Cantwell again this time around. Although he has seized four U.S. titles and two World Championships with the shot since 2004, the year 2004 won't seem to leave the resume of the man until we see what happens in the next 36 hours.

In 2004, Cantwell entered as the favorite to make the Olympic Team and was the World's No. 1 shot putter, but fouling five of six throws and the top six of 10 in the world in America's drawer passed-up Cantwell for one of the three Olympic-qualifying spots. The ad in Nike Town here in Eugene with Cantwell prominently displayed reads "4 Years. 6 Throws. 3 Places. Take Your Shot." Yes, Nike has at least captured the cut-throatness of the trials in their "Welcome to Track Town USA: Home of the Hardest Team to Make" campaign.

But, before we get to tomorrow's final, Cantwell has to qualify for said final. No six throws today, just three. Of the 25 in the field top 12 will advance to tomorrow's final by mark. Cantwell can also pop off a throw of 20.60m (67-7) in one of the three to automatically advance. It could be as easy as one and done for a lot of these competitors. Also, nine o'clock may seem late, but it is the time of sunset here in Oregon.

This event should be in USA's live TV window tonight.

Women's 10,000m Run (FINAL, 9:20 p.m. PT)
The first and only final of the first day of the trials will be that of the women's 10,000-meter run. Former Tiger Serena Burla (Ramsey) is scheduled to take the track around 9:20 p.m., local. That's 11:20 to those of you back in Missouri.

At Mizzou, then-Ramsey earned All-America honors at 10,000 meters with a surprising sixth-place finish at the 2006 NCAA Championships. At the Big 12 meet that same year, Ramsey scored 16 points for the Tiger cause with runner-up finishes at both 5,000 and 10,000 meters.

Since her time at Mizzou, Burla finished third at the USATF Half-Marathon Championships in Houston earlier this year, and run her PR and qualifying 10k time of 32:47.48 in Palo Alto this May.

Shalane Flanagan (30:34.49), Kara Goucher (31:26.48) and Molly Huddle (31:27.12) own the field's top three seeds. Iowa State's Lisa Koll is also in the field. Koll set the collegiate record earlier this season and nearly lapped the field in winning the NCAA title in the event earlier this month.

This event will be in USA's live TV window.

 

Posted xxx by Tom Lewis (top)


 

Day 1 - Preview & Notes

The first of eight days of the U.S. Olympic Trials may well be the busiest for current and former Tigers as no less than five will compete Friday.

Familiar Weather: The forecast for today ... Hot and Sunny. High of 90. But, low humidity, at least until Sunday. Temps in Eugene in late June is supposed to average around 76, like yesterday that was amazingly beautiful.

Today's TV: The USA Network will provide live coverage and some anthology pieces between 11 p.m. and Midnight, central. Check it out!

Women's Heptathlon (all day)

The first event to be contested at these trials will be the running of the 100-meter hurdles in the women's heptathlon at 1 p.m., local. Former Tiger Fiona Asigbee, who has twice finished third at past USATF Championships in the event, will traverse through four events today, including the hurdles, high jump, shot put, and 200-meter dash.

Asigbee's best scoring events are the first two, the hurdles and the high jump. Traditionally in the heptathlon, the main contenders make themselves known after only the first two events.  Tomorrow, the long jump is also a strong event for Asigbee. The javelin and 800-meter run will round out the seven-event fun Saturday. The 800 meters will most likely be seen live in NBC's television window, which runs from 7 to 8 p.m., central. Tune in!

The top seed are held by Arizona State's Jacquelyn Johnson who scored 6,276 points earlier this season at the Pac-10 Championships. Diana Pickler, formally of Washington State, holds the second seed at 6,205. Hyleas Fountain holds the third seed at 6,090, but has a personal best from 2005 of 6,502.

We'll try to send out an update on Asigbee and the rest of the field after each event.

Women's 800m Run (quarterfinals, 8 p.m. PT)

The first current Tiger at the start line will be Trisa Nickoley who just completed her senior year. Nickoley won three indoor Big 12 titles at 800 meters and earned All-America honors in placing seventh at this year's NCAA Indoor Championships.

Nickoley's personal best of 2:04.07 came from being just a place short of qualifying for the finals at the 2007 USATF Championships.

Former Lady Vols, Alice Schmidt and Hazel Clark have the fastest seed times as two of five with seeds less than two minutes. Cal's Alysia Johnson, Katie Waits, and Nicole Teter all have run under two in the last two years.

With a starting field of 30, 16 from the quarterfinals, the top four from each of the three heats plus the four next fastest times, will advance to the semifinals. Nickoley drew the third, and final, heat and will run against a mostly collegiate field, including Michigan's Genna Gall, Cal's Johnson, and Texas' Temeka Kincy. Nickoley outsprinted Kincy for the title at the Big 12 Indoor Championships earlier this year.

Men's 800m Run (quarterfinals, 8:20 p.m. PT)

Meteorologist Neville Miller will be next on the track in the qualifying rounds of the men's 800. Miller, who just accepted a new job in South Carolina, is, as Columbia Daily Tribune's Steve Walentik put it, at a crossroads. (Links to Steve's story below and in Neville's bio).

Miller, who runs for the N.Y. Athletic Club, has a personal best of 1:47.08 from last year's USATF Championships and was this year's Drake Relays Champion.

Khadevis Robinson (1:44.27), Nick Symmonds (1:44.54) and former Texas Tech Red Raider Jonathan Johnson (1:44.69) has the top seeds going in. Johnson and Robinson qualified for the 2004 Olympics along with Tiger coach Derrick Peterson.

With a starting field of 30, 16 from the quarterfinals, the top four from each of the three heats plus the four next fastest times, will advance to the semifinals. Miller drew the third heat, as well, along with Oregon's Andrew Wheating, long-time pro David Krummenacker, Texas' Jacob Hernandez, and former K-Stater Christian Smith.

Men's Shot Put (qualifying round, 9:00 p.m PT)

Now to the shot put. Lots of build-up and anticipation has surrounded Christian Cantwell again this time around. Although he has seized four U.S. titles and two World Championships with the shot since 2004, the year 2004 won't seem to leave the resume of the man until we see what happens in the next 36 hours.

In 2004, Cantwell entered as the favorite to make the Olympic Team and was the World's No. 1 shot putter, but fouling five of six throws and the top six of 10 in the world in America's drawer passed-up Cantwell for one of the three Olympic-qualifying spots. The ad in Nike Town here in Eugene with Cantwell prominently displayed reads "4 Years. 6 Throws. 3 Places. Take Your Shot." Yes, Nike has at least captured the cut-throatness of the trials in their "Welcome to Track Town USA: Home of the Hardest Team to Make" campaign.

But, before we get to tomorrow's final, Cantwell has to qualify for said final. No six throws today, just three. Of the 25 in the field top 12 will advance to tomorrow's final by mark. Cantwell can also pop off a throw of 20.60m (67-7) in one of the three to automatically advance. It could be as easy as one and done for a lot of these competitors. Also, nine o'clock may seem late, but it is the time of sunset here in Oregon.

This event should be in USA's live TV window tonight.

Women's 10,000m Run (FINAL, 9:20 p.m. PT)
The first and only final of the first day of the trials will be that of the women's 10,000-meter run. Former Tiger Serena Burla (Ramsey) is scheduled to take the track around 9:20 p.m., local. That's 11:20 to those of you back in Missouri.

At Mizzou, then-Ramsey earned All-America honors at 10,000 meters with a surprising sixth-place finish at the 2006 NCAA Championships. At the Big 12 meet that same year, Ramsey scored 16 points for the Tiger cause with runner-up finishes at both 5,000 and 10,000 meters.

Since her time at Mizzou, Burla finished third at the USATF Half-Marathon Championships in Houston earlier this year, and run her PR and qualifying 10k time of 32:47.48 in Palo Alto this May.

Shalane Flanagan (30:34.49), Kara Goucher (31:26.48) and Molly Huddle (31:27.12) own the field's top three seeds. Iowa State's Lisa Koll is also in the field. Koll set the collegiate record earlier this season and nearly lapped the field in winning the NCAA title in the event earlier this month.

This event will be in USA's live TV window.

 

Posted Fri, June 27 at 9:30 am (PT) by Tom Lewis (top)


 

Welcome to Mizzou's Trials Blog!

Hello and welcome to Mizzou's Trials Blog where we we will keep Tiger Nation in touch with the USATF Olympic Team Trials that will happen over the next several (and, I mean a lot of) days in Eugene, Ore., dubbed Track Town USA.

In general, Wednesday was a travel day for most of the Tiger party which included a jaunt via airplane from Kansas City to Portland (Oregon) was the first leg of the trip, followed by a two-hour drive down I-5 to Eugene.

Krishna Lee Has Hurried Oregon Trail

Wednesday was an awfully hectic day for Tiger junior Krishna Lee (Kansas City, Mo. / O'Hara HS). Lee received a phone call from Associate Head Coach Brett Halter at around 9 a.m., with word that she was accepted into the trials' women's shot put field. Lee was outside of the `B' qualifying standard this season, but because the Tiger staff had entered her anyway, and the minimum field size had not been filled completely, Lee was accepted.

Luckily, with Lee at her hometown, she was able to meet the rest of the squad at KCI for the 3:15 p.m., departure time. Lee has been out of training since the end of the NCAA Championships, which is at least 10 days, but, Lee's qualifying round isn't until next Thursday (July 3rd), so being prepared shouldn't be a problem.

Lee qualified for this year's NCAA Championships and for the second-consecutive year with both the shot put and hammer throw.

Cantwell Commercials

Here's a look at Nike's attempts, through their "Track Town USA" commercials to relate track & field to the general population that the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team is the "Hardest Team to Make". Fair warning, opinions on the perception of these commercials may very. Let's see if they make it on USA or NBC in the coming days ...

http://insidenikerunning.nike.com/2008/06/24/lines-you-cant-cross-in-track-town/

http://www.nbcolympics.com/tracktownusa/athlete=2/index.html

 

Posted Wed, June 25 at 9:10 pm by Tom Lewis (top)


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