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MONTANO KEEPS UP PACE IN TAKING 800 METERS

EUGENE, Ore. - Alysia Montano won the 800 meters in 1 minute, 59.08 seconds at the U.S. track trials to make the Olympic team.

Geena Gall was second in 1:59.24, and Alice Schmidt was third in 1:59.46 on Monday night for the two other spots on the U.S. team for the London Games.

Montano, a three-time U.S. champion, led wire-to-wire while wearing her trademark flower in her hair.

Maggie Vessey, runnerup to Montano at the U.S. outdoor championships for the past two seasons, finished last in the field in 2:03.44.

Jesse Williams, the reigning world champion in the high jump, finished fourth but still made the team for London.

Third-place finisher Nick Ross did not have the Olympic "A" standard of 7 feet, 7 inches.

Jamie Nieto finished first with a height of 7-5 3/4. Erik Kynard finished second, followed by Ross and Williams, who all also cleared the height.

Williams, a local favorite as part of the Oregon Track Club elite team, will be joined on the squad by Nieto and Kynard.

Dwight Barbiasz of Florida tied for seventh at 7-0 1/2.

Sam Humphreys won the javelin with a throw of 268-7, but he doesn't make the Olympic team because he doesn't have the required "A" standard.

Runnerup Sam Crouser, at 265-1, also will miss out because he hadn't thrown the standard of 269 feet this season.

The United States will be represented in the London Games by Craig Kinsley, Sean Furey and Cyrus Hostetler, who all have the standard. Kinsley finished third with a throw of 262-2. Furey was fourth with 255-5, and Hostetler was fifth with 254-8.

Amanda Smock won the women's triple jump with a leap of 45 feet, 9 inches, followed by Sheena Gordon (45-4 1/2). Florida State's Michelle Jenije (42-6) missed out, finishing ninth.

Smock was the only athlete in the field with the Olympic "A" standard of 46-11, so she will be the lone representative on the U.S. team in London.

Also, USF's Jared Thomas was 15th in the preliminary round of discus at 190-2; he'll miss Thursday's finals.

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