Wednesday, January 24, 2018
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Wife of Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Brian Price advances at U.S. Olympic track trials in hurdles; Lutz's Calvin Smith in 400 semis

EUGENE, Ore. — With water ponding on the track and the finish line in plain sight, 10,000-meter runner Galen Rupp waved to the crowd, smiled and stuck out his tongue.

Catching a bit of rain. And soon he'll be catching a plane to London. Running in pouring rain Friday, Rupp set an Olympic trials record, finishing in 27 minutes, 25.33 seconds to make his second Olympic team.

Rupp, who will be joined on the 10K team by Matt Tegenkamp and Dathan Ritzenhein. Amy Hastings won the women's 10K in 31:58.36. Joining her on the team are Lisa Uhl and Janet Cherobon-Bawcom.

Rupp's was the most impressive performance on Day 2 of the trials in rainy Eugene, save possibly for the effort decathlete Ashton Eaton put in. Eaton made it through the first five events on pace to break a 20-year-old American record held by Dan O'Brien.

The sprinters used the day to warm up.

Dawn Harper began defense of her Olympic gold medal in the women's 100 hurdles in earnest by winning her heat though she didn't have the ideal, track-grabbing spikes in her shoes.

"I actually change spikes" when it rains, said Harper, who won in 12.79 seconds. "Usually, the pointier ones grab the track. It was on my mind out there because I had the older ones in."

Also advancing to the semifinals, but not by much, was Lolo Jones. She finished third in her heat for the last automatic qualifying spot after running 13.01.

The wife of Bucs tackle Brian Price, Candice Price, also got a semis spot, finishing second in her heat in 12.98.

Defending men's 400 gold medalist LaShawn Merritt sidestepped a runner who fell in the lane next to him and finished in 45.36 seconds, the best time in the men's heats. Gators NCAA champion Tony McQuay won his heat, and Lutz native and former Gator Calvin Smith advanced.

In the women's 100, Allyson Felix and Carmelita Jeter won their heats easily. Also advancing were UCF's Octavious Freeman of Lake Wales and Aurieyall Scott.

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