Junior Nick Ross set a personal-best mark in the high jump while Robert Cheseret and Bernard Lagat advanced to the final of the 5K at the U.S. Olympic Trials.
June 25, 2012
University of Arizona Wildcat junior Nick Ross
, a member of the men's track and field team set a personal-best mark in the high jump at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Additionally, volunteer assistant coach Bernard Lagat
and former Wildcat Robert Cheseret
competed in the men's 5,000-meter race on Monday. The meet is being held at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. The final day of competition is July 1. June 26-27 are "rest days" and will have no competition taking place.
Ross, from Murrieta, Calif., jumped his best on the biggest stage of his career, clearing 7-5.75 (2.28m) in the high jump competition. That mark is a personal best and is tied for the second-best mark in school history. Ross needed to clear 7-7 (2.31m), the Olympic Games "A" Standard and finish in third place or better to make Team USA. He had three strong attempts at 7-7 but failed to clear it. He did finish in third place, though. Jamie Nieto (NYAC), Erik Kynard (Kansas State) and Jesse Williams (Nike) had already cleared the "A" Standard prior to the competition; they will represent Team USA in London.
Cheseret advanced to the final of the men's 5K with a fifth-place finish in heat one. He clocked a time of 13:49.42. Cheseret won the 2004 NCAA Outdoor Championship in the 5K and the 2005 NCAA Outdoor Championship in the 10K. He is also the school-record holder in the outdoor 5,000 meters. Lagat, the older brother of Cheseret, also advanced to the final of the 5,000-meter race. He posted a time of 13:42.83 in heat two of the preliminary round, good for an automatic spot in the final. The final will take place at 7:38 p.m. MST on June 28.
Former Wildcat Nick Mossberg did not register a clearance in the men's pole vault competition. The first bar was set at 17-4.5 (5.30m).
Sophomore Baillie Gibson, who competed unattached to preserve her redshirt, took 12th place in the final of the women's discus on Sunday. She had a toss of 148-4 (45.21m). She has three years of competition remaining at Arizona.
Junior Georganne Moline will run in the preliminary round of the 400-meter hurdles on June 28 at 5:30 p.m. The semifinal is on June 29 at 3:20 and the final is at 4:02 on July 1. Volunteer assistant coach Jill Camarena-Williams, junior Alyssa Hasslen and Gibson are all set to compete in the women's shot put. The preliminary round is at 5:40 p.m. on June 28 and the final is on June 29 at 3:30 p.m. Junior Brigetta Barrett and Liz Patterson, a former Wildcat, are both set to compete in the high jump. The preliminary portion of the event will take place on June 28 at 5 p.m. MST. Should they finish in the top 12 and make the final, they will jump on June 30 at 5 p.m. MST.
The television schedule for the Olympic Trials is:
Thurs., June 28 9-11 p.m. ET NBCSN
Fri., June 29 6-8 p.m. ET NBCSN
Sat., June 30 9-10 p.m. ET/PT NBC
Sun., July 1 7-8 p.m. ET/PT NBC (All broadcasts are live)
Results are available at flashresults.com.