July 1, 2012
Former Rice standouts Funmi Jimoh and Ari Ince fell short in their bids to earn places on the United States Track and Field squad that will compete in the London Olympics next month as the 2012 Olympic Trails concluded at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon on Sunday.
Jimoh, who was a member of the 2008 US Olympic Team and reached the finals of the long jump in Beijing, finished seventh in the 2012 competition with a best mark of 6.67m ( 21-10 ¾), which came on her first jump of the finals. The effort was fifth after the first round, before falling to seventh in the second round. She could not improve upon her mark in her final five jumps. Two-time world champion Brittney Reese, who was a teammate of Jimoh's in 2008, won the competition with a jump off 7.15m (23-5 ½) on her final attempt of the night.
Ince, who was a three-time Conference USA pole vault champion both indoors and outdoors in addition to throwing the javelin at Rice, finished 12th in her first Olympic Trails competition with a throw of 51.28m (168-3) after qualifying for the finals with a seventh-place effort of 53.25m (174-8).