Wyatt And Felix Advance To Semifinals At U.S. Olympic Trials
June 28, 2012
USC hurdler Reggie Wyatt and 200m runner Allyson Felix both advanced to the semifinals today (June 28) at the U.S. Track & Field Olympic Trials being held in Eugene, Ore. at historic Hayward Field.
The junior Wyatt was in the first heat of the men's 400m IH and he placed fourth with a time of 50.34, with the top three automatically advancing to Friday's semifinals along the next three best times from the four heats. Wyatt was forced to wait it out to see if his Olympic dream would continue. After the second and third heats it started to look good as the fourth-place finishers in both races had slower times than Wyatt, so it would be up to the final heat to determine whether Wyatt would be continuing on. He remained safe after that heat and ended up with the top non-automatic qualifier and the eighth-fastest time on the day. He will run in tomorrow's semifinals at 3:35 p.m. and is in lane two of the first heat.
In the women's 400m IH, four-time All-American Dalilah Muhammad ran in the second heat and placed sixth with a time of 58.56. Once the heats were completed, the senior Muhammad finished in 20th place and does not move on to the semifinals.
Allyson Felix won her women's 200m heat with a time of 22.82 and advanced to tomorrow's semifinals with the sixth-fastest time despite really letting up at the end of her race. The women's 200m semifinals begin at 3 p.m. and Felix with be in the seventh lane of the third heat. Senior Aareon Payne placed fifth in the fourth heat of the women's 200m dash with a time of 23.41. The three-time All-American did not advance to tomorrow's semifinals as she finished 25th overall, with the top 21 runners advancing.