Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

State athletes advance at U.S. Olympic track and field trials

Former Gator Christian Taylor leads the qualifying in the triple jump at the U.S. track and field trials.

Associated Press

Former Gator Christian Taylor leads the qualifying in the triple jump at the U.S. track and field trials.

EUGENE, Ore. — So smooth and exerting little effort, Allyson Felix glided to an easy win in her heat in the 200 meters.

Minutes later, looking just as smooth and expending little energy, Jeneba Tarmoh cruised to a victory in her heat at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials on a drizzly Thursday.

If controversy was weighing the sprinters down, they didn't show it on the track.

Five days ago, the training partners crossed the finish line in a tie for the third and last Olympic spot in the 100. Now everyone is waiting to see what they will choose to break the dead heat: a runoff, a coin flip or one of them simply giving the spot to the other. A decision is due Sunday after the 200 final.

Felix and Tarmoh didn't talk after the race.

Felix followed her coach, Bobby Kersee, through the corral and into the restricted area reserved for athletes. The only thing she muttered on her way out was, "After the final."

Kersee, who also coaches Tarmoh, doubled back around and met up with her, escorting her through the same circus. Tarmoh politely declined interview requests with, "No, I'm sorry."

Also advancing to the semifinals were two UCF sprinters, Aurieyall Scott and Octavious Freeman of Lake Wales.

In a thrilling finish to end the night, Galen Rupp held off Bernard Lagat in the 5,000 final, a scintillating race that came down to a sprint at the end. Rupp also won the 10,000 last week.

Getting the third Olympic spot was Lopez Lomong, a 2008 team member who carried the U.S. flag at the opening ceremony.

Julie Culley (women's 5,000), Evan Jager (steeplechase), Lance Brooks (discus) and 2008 Olympic silver medalist Brad Walker (pole vault) also won.

In men's triple jump qualifying, former Gators Christian Taylor, the 2011 world champion, and William Claye, the reigning world indoor champion, finished one-two to lead the field of finalists. Joining them in the final 12 was current Gator Omar Craddock, a two-time NCAA champion. Florida State's Phillip Young did not advance, finishing 22nd in the 23-jumper field.

In the men's 400 hurdles, advancing to the semis were former Gator and world champion Kerron Clement and USF's David Aristil. Miami's Thandi Stewart advanced in the women's 400 hurdles. Florida's Cory McGee just missed making the women's 1,500 semis. She had the 25th-fastest prelim time; the top 24 advanced.

gymnastics: Sam Mikulak solidified his spot on the five-man U.S. team with a score of 91.80 on the first day of the Olympic trials in San Jose, Calif., just ahead of Danell Leyva at 91.70 and national champion John Orozco at 90.70. Orozco and Leyva remain in perfect position to earn automatic spots on the team, which are reserved for the top two all-around finishers provided they also rank among the top three in at least three of the six disciplines. At the moment, Orozco and Leyva fill that criteria, with Mikulak quickly closing in. Leyva moved past Orozco and into first place in the overall standings, which combine scores from this month's nationals and the trials. Mikulak remained third.

basketball: Heat G Dwyane Wade will have surgery on his ailing left knee and will not play for the U.S. team. If all goes according to plan, Wade will be ready for the start of training camp. Wade's departure leaves 17 players in the mix for 12 spots on the team.

wrestling: American Stephany Lee has been suspended for a year and will give up her spot on the U.S. team after testing positive for marijuana. Lee, 27, tested positive at the Olympic trials on April 21, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said. Lee, who also tested positive in 2009, has accepted the sanctions and issued an apology.

. Tonight

Trials on TV

Track and field: 6, NBC Sports Network

Swimming: 8, Ch. 8

Gymnastics: 9, Ch. 8

State athletes advance at U.S. Olympic track and field trials 06/28/12 [Last modified: Friday, June 29, 2012 12:37am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. College World Series: Gators, LSU face off in all-SEC finals


    OMAHA, Neb. — The matchup for the College World Series finals bolsters the case for those who say the best baseball in the land is played in the SEC.

    Florida’s Brady Singer, delivering during a CWS win over Louisville last week, is scheduled to start tonight against LSU.
  2. Jones: Fox Sports Sun shows depth in Rays coverage

    TV and Radio

    tom jones' two cents

    Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones looks back at the best and worst from a weekend of televised sports.

    Best coverage

    Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (3) makes a run home for a score in the in the final game of a three-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays and AL East rival the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, June 25, 2017.
  3. Brian Boyle says returning to Lightning a 'huge option'


    As former Lightning forward Brian Boyle approaches free agency this week, he said he's trying to stay busy.

  4. Rays journal: Blake Snell to rejoin rotation, Erasmo Ramirez heads to bullpen

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — LHP Blake Snell is rejoining the Rays' rotation, but the move has as much to do with helping the bullpen as it does with Snell's improvement during his time at Triple-A Durham.

    Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Erasmo Ramirez (30) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday, June 21, 2017 in St. Petersburg.
  5. Rays' bullpen stars lit up in loss to Orioles

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Saturday it was the soft underbelly of the bullpen that let one get away from the Rays, incurring the wrath of the team's faithful followers, who wondered why the high-leverage guys weren't pitching.

    Rays closer Alex Colome, coming in with the score tied in the ninth, allows three runs in his second straight poor outing.