June 26, 2008
If you are a United States track and field athlete, then Eugene, Ore., is the place to be this weekend. Returning to one of the most hallowed sites in the sport, the U.S. Olympic Team Trials will be held at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field, site of the 1972, 1976 and 1980 Olympic Trials. The country's most prestigious pre-Olympic event, the Olympic Trials is where the roster for Team USA will be selected for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Action is from June 27 - July 6.
Representing Rice and competing are current and former Owls.
Rice sophomore, Jason Colwick, he with the NCAA's number one mark in the pole vault (5.55m/18-2.5). The San Marcos, Texas, native, begins competition in that event on Friday at 5:50 p.m. (Pacific).
Former Owl Ryan Harlan (Rice, 2004) will compete for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team in the decathlon. Harlan enters competition ranked 11th with 7,901 points. A native of Waco, Texas, he won the 2004 NCAA decathlon title for Rice with a personal best total of 8,171 points. Decathlon events begin on Sunday, June 29.
Former Owl and Houston native Funmi Jimoh (Rice, 2007) will compete in the long jump. Jimoh currently sports the world's third-best mark in the long jump at 6.91m/22-8. Russia's Lyudmila Kolchanova is tops at 7.04m/23-1.25. The long jump competition gets underway on Monday, June 30 at 7:05 p.m. (Pacific).
"The last month has been my most focused training," says Jimoh. "The workouts have been effective, consistent, and I have had good feelings after each workout. I am real excited, prepared, and confident since I have competed at this venue previously."
In her last competition, Jimoh placed second at the Prefontaine Classic on June 8 at Hayward Field with a 6.85m/22-5.75. She won the Jamaica International Invitational on March 5 with a mark of 6.57/21-6.75.
The largest national championship track meet in the world, the U.S. Olympic Trials hosts more than 1,000 athletes as they compete for the right to represent Team USA at the Olympic Games. More than 350,000 fans attended the last two Olympic Trials in Sacramento, Calif., and at each edition of the meet, more than 1,000 members of the media from around the world covered the event while thousands of volunteers and officials provided support.
For more information and results go to: www.usatf.org
Date Time Network
June 28 12:00-1:00 a.m. USA
June 28 8:00-9:00 p.m. NBC
June 29 7:00-8:00 p.m. NBC
June 30 11:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. USA
July 3 11:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. USA
July 4 11:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. USA
July 5 5:00-6:00 p.m. NBC
July 6 7:00-9:00 p.m. NBC
All times are Eastern; subject to change; check local listings