Mance And Nellum Advance To 400m Finals At U.S. Olympic Trials|
June 23, 2012
Sophomore Josh Mance and redshirt senior Bryshon Nellum advanced to the men's 400m finals today (June 23) at the U.S. Track & FIeld Olympic Trials being held in Eugene, Ore. at historic Hayward Field. In all, USC had eight athletes advance to finals during today's action.
The top four runners in each of the two men's 400m heats would advance to Sunday's finals and a chance to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. Mance and Joey Hughes were in the first heat and Mance took second with a time of 44.99 and Hughes ran 45.64 to place sixth. Nellum took second place in the second heat with a strong stretch run to finish with a PR of 45.16. Nellum's time also moved him from 10th to ninth on the Trojans' all-time 400m list. Mance and Nellum will run in tomorrow's final scheduled for 4:20 p.m. Mance had the third-fastest qualifying time and Nellum the fourth, while Hughes finished 11th. To put in perspective of how competitive this year's NCAA 400m field was, there are five collegians in the U.S. Championship final eight and Nellum did not even advance to the NCAA final.
Duane Solomon advanced to the men's 800m final on June 25 by running a time of 1:46.03 to place second in his heat and second overall among the qualifying times in today's semifinals.
Jesse Williams, the reigning World Champion, advanced to the finals in the men's high jump competition as he was one of four jumpers to go clear on all three attempts to reach 7-1.75 (2.18m). The men's high jump finals will also be contested on Monday.
Corey White placed 10th in the preliminary round of the men's javelin throw to advance to Monday's final with a best throw today of 241-7 (73.63m). Noah Bryant was not as fortunate in the men's shot put competition as he placed 17th with the top 12 moving on to the finals. Bryant had a mark of 59-11.75 (18.28m) in his first attempt, but then had two fouls.
Allyson Felix had a very emotional day in the women's 100m dash. She reached the finals by placing second in her semifinal heat earlier in the day with a time of 11.23. That time was actually the slowest qualifier. Then in the finals, she originally was listed as fourth, but later it was determined that it was a dead heat tie for the third and final spot with Jeneba Tarmoh a time of 11.068. The tie-breaking procedure will be decided at a later date and Felix will now focus on the 200m dash.
Ahmad Rashad advanced out of the prelims in the men's 100m dash with a time of 10.39 today and a fourth-place finish in his heat. His time was 20th out of the 21 runners to advance to tomorrow's semifinals and finals. The 100m dash semifinals and finals will be run tomorrow.
Virginia (Powell) Crawford and Nia Ali both reached the finals of the women's 100m HH, but came up just a little short. Crawford finished fourth with a time of 12.90, just .04 seconds outside of the top three and a trip to London. Ali placed eighth with a time of 13.02. In the women's 100m HH semifinals earlier in the day, Crawford advanced with a time of 12.78, while Ali advanced with a time of 12.84. Candice (Davis) Price placed ninth with a time of 12.85 and just missed qualifying for the finals.
Junior Alitta Boyd placed 17th in the women's triple jump prelims with a best jump of 41-0.50 (12.51m). She landed that in her first attempt, but then had a foul and a jump of 39-9.25.
In addition to those Trojans, expected to compete later at the Olympic Trials will be Brendan Ames (110m HH), Dalilah Muhammad (400m IH), Aareon Payne (200m), Logan Taylor (110m HH), Ryan Wilson (110m HH) and Reggie Wyatt (400m IH).